MIAMI — Miami-Dade Police Detective Cesar Echaverry has died after being shot within the head whereas attempting to arrest a suspect tied to an armed theft in Broward County.
“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.
Echaverry was with RID, the Robbery Intervention Detail, that works in a number of the county’s most crime-ridden neighborhoods.
According to police, RID detectives noticed a automobile that was concerned in an armed theft within the space of NW 62 Street and NW 17 Avenue.
CBS4 information associate The Miami Herald stories they pulled the motive force over, however he refused to get out of the automobile.
In an try to flee, the motive force sped off, putting 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 response to a police press launch.
Echaverry was shot within the head, whereas the suspect, Jimmie Horton, was killed.
“This is heart-wrenching. That goes for the director. He has a son in our department. The mayor, you can see the anguish in her face. This is one of her officers. There is anguish and it is really tearing at the hearts and souls of people,” mentioned South Florida Police Benevolent Association President Steadman Stahl.
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava launched a press release, saying, partially, “Our county is safer because of his bravery — a sacrifice we will never forget.”
Echaverry is the primary officer shot and killed within the line of obligation beneath each Mayor Cava and Director Ramirez.
He’s additionally the primary South Florida police officer killed since Hollywood police officer Yandy Chirino was shot to dying on October 18, 2021.
The final MDPD officers to die in a shootout with a suspect had been Detectives Amanda Haworth and Roger Castillo. They had been shot and killed in 2011 whereas attempting to arrest a fugitive. That capturing was about half a mile from the place Echaverry officer was shot.
“It’s very sad. I am hoping the municipalities will join forces to help avoid these crimes from happening again. We need to work together as a community and fight crime. Let’s work together to find a better way to help officers,” mentioned Juan Barek, the chairman of the Miami-Dade Interfaith Advisory Board.