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
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
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
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.