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Police and Law Enforcement Home  >  Roll Call  >  Tactics - Revisiting the Shootout the Killed the Revolver - Video


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Tactics - Revisiting the Shootout the Killed the Revolver - VideO

Police and Law Enforcement News
Sunday, March 17
2013 11:24  a.m.


They found them. 

On April 11, 1986, FBI agents, desperate to put end to serial bank robbers Michael Platt and William Matix, had set up a rolling surveillance on and around the area of South Dixie Highway in Miami.

And they found them.

But the agents would soon learn that finding them and stopping them were two entirely different problems.

Platt and Matix were suspected in more than a dozen armed robberies and a homicide over the prior 15 months.  And they seemed to be getting more violent.

After spotting the car, the voice of Special Agent Benjamin Grogan came over the radio alerting other units.  Additional cars got into position and followed. 

The car was on a quiet, residential street but heading back to the very busy South Dixie Highway, so the lawmen couldn't wait for additional backup. 

The agents conducted a felony stop. 

Five minutes later, after more than 140 rounds were exchanged, seven FBI agents lay injured from gunfire.  Two of them died.  Both suspects were also killed. 

The agents were primarily armed with .38 caliber revolvers although three had 9 mm pistols.  The suspects had several weapons including a shotgun and a Ruger Mini-14 rifle with a 30-round magazine. 

This incident was studied extensively by a variety of law enforcement disciplines. It was the beginning of the end for revolvers as a primary law enforcement weapon.

Below is an 18-minute video which breaks down what happened.  Although it is old, it still makes an excellent piece for roll call tactics training.





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