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FBI Miami Firefight

FBI Miami Firefight


 
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By Ed Mireless

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Ed Mireles is nationally and internationally recognized by law enforcement officers (LEO’s), journalists and hand gun enthusiasts as the last man standing in an historic gunfight that occurred on April 11, 1986 in Miami, FL. This incident is commonly referred to as the “FBI Miami Firefight.” The 1986 gunfight is a monumental event that has been referred to as “Five Minutes that Changed the Bureau.”

The five-minute gunfight between eight F.B.I. agents and two hardcore bank robbers changed training, equipment and tactics. It is estimated that there were 150 shots fired during the incident. In the end, nine out of the ten participants were shot. The two bad guys were dead, as well as two agents and five other agents wounded including FBI Special Agent Ed Mireles who was shot twice.

Now, hear how Special Agent Ed Mireles improvised, adapted and overcame insurmountable obstacles to persevere and eventually end the gunfight by killing the two murderous ex-military bank robbers. Ed Mireles discusses the two years of recovery from his physical injuries and how he dealt with the traumatic stress of being involved in a deadly force confrontation. Subsequently, Ed Mireles was assigned to the Firearms Training Unit at the FBI Academy at Quantico, VA where he could share his experiences and recover from his injuries in a relatively safe environment.

After his recovery, Ed Mireles requested a transfer back to Miami to work Undercover Drug investigations. Ed Mireles retired in March 2004.

Ed Mireles is a recipient of the Department of Justice – U.S Attorney General’s Award for Valor, the J. Edgar Hoover Award, and the FBI Medal of Valor.

As a retired Police Subject Matter Expert, he served for four years with the US Marines, the US Army and the US State Department in Iraq helping to train Iraqi Police Officers. Ed Mireles also served for a year in Mexico and Belize with the State Department helping to train local police officers in modern police techniques.

Ed Mireles has published his account of what happened that day and authored a recently released book “FBI Miami Firefight, Five Minutes that Changed the Bureau.”


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