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. It prompted the bureau to make sure all agents were better armed, replacing .38-caliber revolvers with 9mm semi-automatic handguns.
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
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.
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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