Episode 118: Ed Mireles – Fatal FBI Miami Shootout (Part 1)

Retired agent Ed Mireles served in the FBI for 25 years. During his career, he worked as a street agent, supervisor and manager in a wide range of investigative and administrative areas, as well as an undercover agent in hundreds of high level, high-risk narcotics, criminal and national security investigations.

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, he reviews the April 11, 1986, fatal FBI Miami shootout where, during the pursuit of two extremely dangerous criminals, two special agents were killed, and several others, including Ed Mireles, were wounded.

Although severely injured, Ed Mireles fired his shotgun one handed to prevent the suspects from escaping, then charged the suspects, fatally wounding both. His heroic actions prevented further injury to his fellow Agents and innocent citizens.

He has received many awards and commendations honoring him for his heroism and bravery that day.

After retiring from the Bureau, Ed Mireles, a former Marine, worked as a defense contractor in Iraq as a law enforcement professional and adviser to the Iraqi Police, including one year embedded (in uniform) with the Marines. He also worked with the U.S. Department of State in helping to train police in Mexico and Belize. He is the author of  FBI Miami Firefight: Five Minutes that Changed the Bureau his story of survival and the fight to save the lives of his brother agents on that fateful day. The true crime book is available exclusively on his website EdMireles.com.

Special Agent (Retired)

Edward Mireles

9/17/1979 – 3/4/2004








The following links are to FBI website stories about the tragic and fatal April 11, 1986 FBI Miami Shootout, one of the deadliest and most violent fire fights in FBI history:

A Byte Out of History – Fatal Firefight in Miami

The Vault Documents from FBI Files – Miami Shooting 4-11-86

Hall of HonorFBI Agents Killed as the Direct Result of an Adversarial Action

Hall of HonorJerry Dove

Hall of HonorBenjamin Grogan

Ed Mireles wrote his book about the FBI Miami Shootout with his wife, Liz Mireles, who was also an agent working on the Miami bank robbery squad.










During the FBI Miami shootout Special Agents Dove and Grogan—despite wounding both criminals in the hail of bullets—were trapped in their car and killed when Platt fired at close range. Read more on the FBI Website.











Jerry Dove and I went through the FBI Academy together in NAC 82-10. His was the first line of duty funeral I attended. I’ll always remember his great sense of humor and West Virginia twang. RIP my friend.











Ed Mireles’s book about the fatal FBI Miami Shootout can be purchased here on his website.















Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, jokes that she writes about the FBI to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she calls on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write police procedurals inspired by true crime FBI cases in her Philadelphia FBI Corruption Squad crime fiction series featuring flawed female FBI agent Kari Wheeler. Jerri’s FBI for Armchair Detectives nonfiction series enables readers to discover who the FBI is and what the FBI does by debunking misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. Her books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks wherever books are sold. She’s also the host of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast with more than 300 episodes available on all popular podcast apps and YouTube.


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  3. carcan pascalMay 31, 2018

    A big gentleman (Nice photo Jerry Dove and you).


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