Yikes ! Miami Police Shooting “Frenzy” Comes Under Scrutiny – 377 Shots Fired By Police Into Suspect’s Car

At least one of the guys in the car was a seriously bad guy.  But, man-o-man the neighbors and the kids getting ready for school were lucky not to be collateral damage.   

It’s reactions like this which lead to the example of the LA Newspaper delivery ladies when the search for Chris Dorner was going on.

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – On December 10, more than two dozen police officers from across Miami Dade County converged on a blue Volvo that had crashed in the backyard of a townhouse on 65th Street just off 27th Avenue.

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As the car was wedged helplessly between a light pole and a tree, nearly a minute passed before officers opened up – firing approximately 50 bullets at the car and the two unarmed men inside the vehicle.

The two men inside the car survived that initial volley of gunfire, according to witnesses, who said they could see the men moving inside the Volvo. Everything went quiet for nearly two minutes before the officers opened up a second time – unleashing an unrelenting torrent of bullets that lasted almost 25 seconds. By the time it was over, the two men inside the car were dead.

CBS4 News has learned a total of 23 officers fired a total of at least 377 rounds.

Bullets were sprayed everywhere. They hit the Volvo, other cars in the lot, fence posts and neighboring businesses. They blasted holes in a townhouse where a 12-year-old dove to the ground for cover and a four month old slept in his crib.

“It was like the Wild Wild West, man, crazy,” said Anthony Vandiver, who barely made it through the back door of his home before the gunfire erupted. “Shooting just wild; shooting all over the place. Bullets could have come through the window. Anything could have happened man. They weren’t thinking, they weren’t thinking at all.”

Earlier that night, the driver of the Volvo, Adrian Montesano, robbed a Walgreens at gunpoint, and then later shot Miami Dade Police Officer Saul Rodriguez in a nearby trailer park.

Montesano escaped in the officer’s patrol car eventually dumping it at his grandmother’s house in Hialeah – before fleeing in her blue Volvo

By 5 am every cop in South Florida was looking for that blue Volvo – intent on catching the man who had shot one of their own.

But what police didn’t realize before they started shooting at the Volvo is there was a second man in the car – Corsini Valdes – who had committed no crime.

And in fact, as CBS4 News was the first to report, both men inside the Volvo were unarmed at the time police caught up with them. All of the gunfire came from police.

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Montesano and Valdes were killed by the dozens of rounds that tore through their bodies.

But Montesano and Valdes weren’t the only ones struck – two Miami Dade police officers were hit as well – caught in the crossfire. One officer was shot in the arm and the second was hit in the arm and grazed in the head. If the bullet had struck just a half an inch to the side the officer would have been killed.

The sound of the gunfire was deafening – literally deafening. Two Miami police officers sustained ruptured ear drums from the cacophony of shots.

CBS4 News has spent the last five months piecing together the events of that evening and the hunt for the blue Volvo. CBS4 News reviewed radio transmissions, analyzed video taken during the shooting, interviewed officials from the different agencies involved, and reviewed records related to the officers who fired their weapons.

The nature of the shooting suggests the officers lost sight of their own training and that the officers, caught up in the heat of the moment, failed to listen to their radios or coordinate their actions endangering not only their own lives but the lives of the public.

It is worth saying, none of this would have happened if Adrian Montesano had not made the decision to rob the Walgreens and shoot a police officer. None of those officers would have been in that backyard if it weren’t for the actions of Montesano. But that does not absolve the officers of responsibility for their own conduct, as well.  (the story continues)

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27 Responses to Yikes ! Miami Police Shooting “Frenzy” Comes Under Scrutiny – 377 Shots Fired By Police Into Suspect’s Car

  1. ytz4mee says:

    The world has gone insane.
    Apparently there are no governors on anything, ever.
    If I click my heels, can I be transported back to 1960 America (and yes, that was before I was born…. )

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  2. LetJusticePrevail" says:

    377 rounds? 377? Seriously?

    Inside his house, Anthony Vandiver, used the temporary quiet to race upstairs and check on his family. He said he looked out his bedroom window, which looked directly down onto the blue Volvo below. He said he could hear the police yelling at the men in the car.
    “They were saying put your hands up, and the guys were still moving after they shot maybe 50, 60 times,” Vandiver recalled. “And the guy tried to put his hands up. And as soon as he put his hands up, it erupted again. And that was it for them. That guy tried his best to give up.”
    Asked if he was certain the men in the car were trying to put their hands up, Vandiver replied: “I swear to God on everything I love, my kids my momma, everything, I seen it all.”

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    • John Galt says:

      Look at the bright side: 23 cops shoot two unarmed suspects and nobody planted a gun on the dead suspects.

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    • over the top says:

      in my opinion, who cares! don’t rob a place with a gun, don’t shoot a police officer and don’t hand around with a criminal…I don’t feel sorry for these criminals!

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      • Josh says:

        Do we know that BOTH men were criminals?

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      • Leslie says:

        How about when some of your activities are considered criminal? Or your kids’ activities? In case you haven’t been paying attention, cops are shooting people for just about any reason these days. Ran a red light? 377 bullets for you! You had better think long and hard before you decide it is a good idea for cops to pump 377 rounds into someone who is essentially waving a white flag.

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  3. Menagerie says:

    This isn’t law enforcement, it is vigilantism.

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  4. texan59 says:

    That looks worse than the Bonnie and Clyde “shootout”. 😯

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  5. doodahdazee says:

    If people think the Cocaine Cowboys days were bad think again. With the Social Justice Doctrine it has become nationwide in scope.

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  6. Sibyl S. says:

    Honestly, it looks more like an execution or hit than an apprehension.

    Somebody knew too much about or owned a cop, probably a top cop.

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  7. JAS says:

    Read the whole thing. Incredible article. A must read. The guy shot a cop and they went nuts. The passenger was not even involved.

    Thanks Sundance!

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  8. LetJusticePrevail" says:
    • elvischupacabra says:

      A town of 4500, and this cops has not one, but two, fatal shootings in just over two years. This man clearly needs to be fired and banned from law enforcement.

      Our luck? He’ll apply to, and be eagerly accepted by, the Harris County Sheriff’s Department.

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  9. Murse says:

    So we have 23 alleged murderers who should be arraigned and charged by the DA.

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  10. Sassy1 says:

    So now cops are judge, jury and executioner, whenever they feel it’s justified. Pray to God you never get in their way or they happen to get the wrong person. It reminds me of the scene in Thelma and Louise where about a dozen cop cars are lined up racing across the desert. I never could decide if it was a parody or it was supposed to be serious. This, however, leaves no doubt. It’s one thing to enforce the law, but this is such an abuse of power it’s hard to comprehend it.

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  11. bullnuke says:

    Worst case of lead poisoning I have heard of.

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  12. gena says:

    If this happened in December,why is it just getting attention now? These guys surely were thugs but this is overkill. How many innocent people could have been hurt or killed? It makes me afraid to go outside!

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    • Josh says:

      “These guys surely were thugs …” Well, ONE of them was. We don’t know about the other but what is important is that the cops did not know about the other.

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  13. Josh says:

    Everyone of these cops need to be brought up on charges. They did not listen to instructions. They did not have to go this far.
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    Police officers are becoming more and more dismayed and frustrated that criminals are not held to account. I believe this is key to their actions in this case. I am not, in any way, excusing their actions.
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    I wish police officers were vigilant in catching the criminals no matter who the criminals targeted. That a target was “one of their own” should have given this crime no more importance than any other target.

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