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Miami PD Officer Whines On Radio About Cops Speeding Past Him To ‘Officer Down’ Call

Miami, FL – A police investigation is underway to determine the identity of an officer who callously complained about patrol cars racing by him as they were rushing to help a fellow officer who had been shot in the head.

An unidentified male officer – allegedly a member of the Miami Police Department (MPD) – was heard in a police radio recording asking dispatch why Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) vehicles were speeding past him on Northwest 7th Avenue at speeds of 60 miles per hour on Monday night, the Miami Herald reported.

The dispatcher explained that police were on their way to an “officer down” situation.

“Okay,” the officer replied. “To yourselves, let them know they’re going to have another officer down if they keep going at 70 miles per hour near my car.”

A supervisor then stepped in and reprimanded the officer who made the remark, according to WPLG.

“Let’s try to use a little bit more tact and not hang anyone up,” the supervisor said. “If we have an officer down, they’re going to pass you at 80 miles per hour next time.”

The officers were on their way to help 29-year-old MDPD Detective Cesar Echaverry, who was shot in the head during an exchange of gunfire with an armed robbery suspect.

Det. Echaverry remained on life support until he succumbed to his injuries Wednesday night, the Miami Herald reported.

MPD Chief Manny Morales was outraged over the alleged MPD officer’s callous remark and said the officer will likely be disciplined once he is identified, according to the Miami Herald.

“His comments are disgusting, disturbing and completely uncalled for,” Chief Morales said.

The MPD said in a statement on Tuesday that an investigation into the radio transmission was underway.

“We are aware of a police audio radio transmission possibly involving one of our officers,” the department said. “If in fact it is determined that it is our officer, he will be held accountable for his actions.”

“It is unsettling and disturbing listening to the lack of concern, compassion, and empathy,” the MPD added. “We continue to pray for the injured Miami Dade County Police Officer and hoping for a full and speedy recovery.”

The officer had not been identified as of Tuesday afternoon, WPLG reported.

The MDPD thanked the MPD for its “unwavering support” in a tweet.

“We are all one law enforcement family,” the MDPD said.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and MDPD Director Alfredo Ramirez spoke with reporters about the attack on Det. Echaverry shortly after midnight on Aug. 16, the Miami Herald reported.

“He was critically shot by an armed subject while protecting his community,” Director Ramirez told reporters, according to the Miami Herald. “We need the community to please stand as one and pray.”

The detective died the next day.

The detective was a member of the MDPD’s Robbery Intervention Detail (RID), which focuses of apprehending fugitives and those accused of committing violent offenses, the Miami Herald reported.

RID detectives generally patrol the city’s high-crime areas and use unmarked vehicles.

Law enforcement sources said police were searching for a white car on Aug. 15 after an armed robbery took place at a convenience store in Dania Beach, the Miami Herald reported.

Police said officers ultimately located the suspect vehicle at a Miami Springs hotel.

Detectives stopped the car near 67th Street and Northwest 17th Avenue in the Liberty City neighborhood at approximately 8:15 p.m. on Monday, FOX News reported.

Police said the suspect refused to exit the vehicle and “barricaded” himself inside before he began slamming the car into multiple MDPD vehicles “in an attempt to flee,” according to the Miami Herald.

A brief pursuit ensued, but the gunman ultimately crashed into a passing vehicle and a pole near 7th Avenue and Northwest 62nd Street.

Police said the RID detective pulled his SUV within inches of the suspect’s vehicle in an attempt to block him in and had just gotten out of his patrol unit when he was shot in the head, according to the Miami Herald.

The alleged gunman was fatally wounded by police moments later.

His identity was not immediately released.

Investigators said it was unclear how many rounds were fired during the shootout.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is handling the ongoing investigation into the incident, the Miami Herald reported.

Three people who were inside the vehicle the suspect slammed into were transported to the hospital in stable condition, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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