MIAMI – A police honor guard, standing shoulder to shoulder, will line the path because the flag draped physique of Miami-Dade Detective Cesar Echaverry is taken from Jackson Memorial Hospital to the Medical Examiner’s Office throughout the road.
Echaverry, 29, was shot Monday evening whereas making an attempt to arrest a suspect tied to an armed theft in Dania Beach. He was taken to Jackson Memorial the place he died on Wednesday.
“Officer Echaverry died in the line of duty while serving & protecting our community. Our law enforcement family will continue to stand beside & support the Echaverry family through this difficult time. We’ll never forget Officer Echaverry’s bravery & sacrifice. Godspeed, brother,” wrote Miami-Dade Police Director Freddy Ramirez in a press release.
He is the primary officer to be shot and killed within the line of obligation beneath each Mayor Daniela Levine Cava and.
South Florida PBA President Steadman Stahl informed CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “It is heartbreaking and how now walks with angels. We pray for his family and will help them cope with what is going on right now. It is devastating. Anytime you lose an officer it is devastating what has happened. It is also gut wrenching and crushing to a lot of people right now. The honor guard is a way of showing our respect and it won’t end here. It won’t end with this procession today. It’s going to be followed up with his funeral and he is not going to be forgotten for his sacrifice to this community.”
Echaverry was with the division’s Robbery Intervention Detail or RID, which works in a few of the county’s most crime-ridden neighborhoods.
According to police, RID detectives noticed a automobile that was concerned within the Dania Beach armed theft within the space of NW 62 Street and NW 17 Avenue.
CBS4 information associate The Miami Herald reviews they pulled the driving force over, however he refused to get out of the automobile.
In an try to escape, the driving force sped off, placing the detectives’ automobiles.
The officers gave chase earlier than it got here to an finish close to NW 62 Street and 10 Avenue. The suspects then bailed out of the automobile.
“An altercation ensued and shots were fired resulting in both the officer and subject shot,” in accordance to a police press launch.
Echaverry was shot within the head, whereas the suspect, Jimmie Horton, was killed.
Horton’swithin the Dania Beach theft was shot and killed by police at Miami Springs lodge on Tuesday night once they went to take him into custody.
Echaverry is the twenty fourth Miami-Dade officer within the division’s historical past to die after a shootout. He is the primary South Florida police officer killed since Hollywood police officer Yandy Chirino was shot to loss of life on October 18, 2021.
The final Miami-Dade cops to die in a shootout with a suspect have been Detectives Amanda Haworth and Roger Castillo. They have been shot and killed in 2011 whereas making an attempt to arrest a fugitive. That capturing was about half a mile from the place Echaverry was shot.
Echaverry was an organ donor, even in loss of life, he continued to serve the group and assist folks.
Stahl stated, “It is incredible that he is still giving of himself and he’s still giving to this community and to others. Five years ago he took an oath to be a police officer and he could have chosen any profession but he chose to be a police officer. He chose to make a difference.”