News >> Browse Articles >> Law Enforcement News


FL Officer Involved in Two Fatal Shootings In Two Weeks

FL Officer Involved in Two Fatal Shootings In Two Weeks

The Miami Herald via YellowBrix

August 21, 2010

MIAMI – A Miami police officer and a federal agent fired on two armed men who pointed weapons at officers in Liberty City early Friday, killing one, authorities said.

The Miami officer, Ricardo Martinez, had just returned to work following another fatal shooting — that of a 16-year-old youth in Overtown during a robbery sting.

The federal officer was not named.

It was the fourth time in six weeks Miami police had been involved in a fatal shooting.

“He is a very good officer,‘’ Miami Police Chief Miguel Exposito said of Martinez, an 11-year veteran. "He was cleared to go back to work, and there’s no problem.’’

Less than two weeks ago, police said Joell Lee Johnson pointed a gun at an officer posing as a Chinese food delivery man during a sting after a similar robbery a day earlier.

Martinez fired, fatally wounding Johnson, whose funeral is Saturday.

Miami police policy gives officers three days off after a shooting. A psychologist evaluates the officer before the police chief gives the final clearance to return to full duty.

Police identified the dead man as Tarnorris Tyrell Gaye, 19. Records show Gaye has been arrested several times on charges including grand theft of a vehicle, battery and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Late Friday, officers charged Stephen Battle, 18, the man they say was with Gaye, with trespass and two counts of aggravated assault with a firearm on a law enforcement officer.

Miami police Cmdr. Delrish Moss said a man stopped plainclothes officers early Friday, saying he had just been robbed by two men on bicycles, one with a shotgun.

A Miami police arrest report gives this account:

Two plainclothes officers — including a Miami officer and an agent from Immigration and Customs Enforcement — in a white pickup shortly after midnight spotted two men riding bicycles west on Northwest 58th Street in the middle of the road.

Authorities said the two agencies were teaming up in Liberty City in an operation aimed at breaking up gangs and getting guns off the street.

The officers turned on red and blue flashing lights and yelled for the men to ``stop.‘’ They didn’t stop.

According to the officers, one man ``was leaning and riding in what appeared to be an awkward position,’’ on the bicycle, the report said.

The man, later identified as Gaye, ``pulled a shotgun from underneath his shirt and from the side of his pants. He then lifted the weapon up pointing it towards the police vehicle…’’ the report said.

The weapon was later described as a Mossberg 500A 12-gauge shotgun.

Battle ``pulled a handgun from his waist and pointed it at the officers,’’ the report continues.

Both officers fired, the report said. Battle fled.

One officer continued shooting at Gaye while the other chased after Battle.

Officers found Battle about three hours later behind a home in the 1400 block of Northwest 58th Terrace. A .38-caliber Smith and Wesson was nearby.

Gaye, shot several times, was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Authorities do not know if both officers’ shots hit Gaye.

ICE spokesman Temple Black confirmed in a statement that his agents were doing surveillance with Miami police when the shooting occurred.

He would not release the name of the agent.

On Friday morning, 10 bright green cones were clustered in an oval on the ground in front of Willie Stephenson’s yellow house near Northwest 14th Avenue.

Stephenson, 54, said he heard at least seven shots. He waited a minute, then came outside the house and saw the body of a man on the ground on his back.

He said two bicycles lay on the ground, along with a shotgun.

Earnest Sims, Battle’s father, rushed to the scene Friday morning after hearing about the shooting involving his son.

“I’m just going to continue to pray,‘’ said Sims. ``That’s all I can do until we find out more information. I just thank God it wasn’t him who was killed. I feel sorry for the young man who was killed.’’

  • Car6_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Good job officers!

  • Image_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Job Well Done!

  • Pl28_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Good job. and its nice to hear a police chief come out and say his cop is a great one to the public. He seems to be a true leader for standing up for his men.

  • 029_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Good job brother! Good guys go home safely and the bad guys get what they get. Who knows how many civilian victims he saved? How many officers? The world is a better place because of officers like this and because there are now there are less scumbags to terrorize the law abiding citizens.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    if the dumbasses are dumb enough to pull a gun, i would not hesitate to blow em away.

  • Ralphie_max50


    about 4 years ago


    GREAT JOB!!!!!! As for my self who has been involved in 3x shooting all i can say to my fellow brother is.... it was either him or you, or your partner. You have to go home and see ur family. once again great job. just don't ever stop believing in the mighty GOD FOR STRENGTH.

  • Rcmp_max50


    about 4 years ago


    When somebody points a lethal weapon at you.. What are you supposed to do, really... What he did is not only what he was supposed to do according to his training bur its also pure instinct. Fight or Flight. If he didn't do what he did, the criminal would have continued threaten the lives of those around him, That of the civilians, and or officers

  • Sniper2_max50


    about 4 years ago


    I agree with Skinman94. Ofc. Martinez, job well done.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    Sometimes an officer's mindset, training, instincts, all information gathering systems at his disposal cause him to be where the action is. A lot of times he cannot even explain why this is so. Officers who survive critical incidents are not gung ho freak supercop trigger happy gunfighters. They just have excelled at survival. If an agency and it's financial backers cannot accept this, retire him honorably at full pension or put him in the academy where he can train others to survive. I have seen two shot up fellow police officers, it will never happen to me or to those around me, civilian or police.

  • 063_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Two fatal shootings in 2 what? Its unfortunate that he had to do what he had to do, but he did not choose to shoot these guys, they did. Job well done Officer Martinez. I pray you will recovery emotionally from these encounters. Keep safe.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    The title should have shown more support for the officer. No matter the circumstances, in the end, it will be me, and my fellow officers who go home at the end of the shift.

  • 2009_kidspics_016_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Don't let politics get involved in this matter. Bottom line, a criminal pointed a gun at a police officer and was shot, thats it. Good guys won, cops went home safe. Great work by POs involved.

  • 12132007006_max50


    about 4 years ago


    One more felon taking the dirt nap. Well done brothers, carry on.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago

    Good work for the Miami Officer.. hope he gets some help afterwards more time off

  • Police_link_badge_max50


    about 4 years ago


    Keep up the good work and dont get shellshocked............................................

PoliceLink School Finder

Save time in your search for a criminal justice degree program. Use PoliceLink's School Finder to locate schools online and in your area.

Get Info

* In the event that we cannot find a program from one of our partner schools that matches your specific area of interest, we may show schools with similar or unrelated programs.

Recent Activity

Jonas gave a thumbs down to The Article "School bus driver had .139 BAC", 19 minutes ago.
Jonas commented on: "School bus driver had .139 BAC", 19 minutes ago.
MarlyB posted in: "spam spam spam spam", 29 minutes ago.
IowaNinersFan submitted the article: "Bristol man arrested for July assault", 34 minutes ago.
IowaNinersFan gave a thumbs up to The Article "Suspect arrested in gun shop theft", 35 minutes ago.