The 1986 FBI Miami shootout

FBI agents and two suspected bank robbers exchanged at least 131 shots during the April 11, 1986 shootout on a residential South Dade street that left two agents and the two gunmen dead. Forty of the bullets were fired by Michael Lee Platt, a former U.S. Army Ranger, who carried a rapid-fire, .223-caliber Ruger Mini-14 assault rifle. Four of Platt’s shots killed agents Gerald Dove and Benjamin Grogan at near point-blank range as they crouched behind an FBI sedan after a chase through the streets behind the Suniland Shopping Center on South Dixie Highway. They were both shot in the back.  The Miami shootout was a defining moment in FBI history. The bloody battle led the FBI to better arm its agents, giving them bigger guns with more ammo, as the agency vowed to never again allow its agents to be outgunned by bandits. Hundreds of other law enforcement agencies followed suit.

9682487 The Miami Herald

Cover page (page 1 section letter A) from FRONT section of the MORNING EXTRA edition of The Miami Herald issue published Saturday, April 12, 1986 in Miami, Florida. Features 2 FBI AGENTS, 2 SUSPECTS DIE IN BLOODY KENDALL SHOOT-OUT; FIVE MORE LAWMEN INJURED; FATAL RIDE RECORDED ON TAPE; CROWD GRIPPED BY ‘REAL’ CRIME DRAMA

0560960171 Mary Lou Foy

Bodies lie near wrecked, bullet scarred cars after gun battle between FBI agents and two robbery suspects. FBI agents Ben Grogan and Jerry Dove and the two bank robbery suspects were killed. Five more FBI men were wounded in the shootout Friday, April 11, 1986 on a residential street in Kendall just south of the Sunniland Shopping Center.

0560961889 Mary Lou Foy

Shooting victim is taken by rescue personnel 4/11/86 in Suniland area of south Dade after a shootout where two FBI agents lost their lives.

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