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 numerous 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

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

Citations received by Ed Mireles for his heroism and bravery on April 11, 1986.



A crime scene diagram and list of events of the FBI Miami shootout. One of the many FBI file documents available in the website vault.

















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, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, attempts to relive her glory days by writing crime fiction and hosting FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast available for subscription on Apple Podcast/iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher and other popular podcast apps. Her debut novel—Pay To Play— about a female agent investigating corruption in the Philadelphia strip club industry is available now at as an e-book, trade paperback, and audiobook. 


This episode was sponsored by – the only on-line directory made available to the general public featuring “retired” FBI AGENTS / ANALYSTS interested in showcasing their skills to secure business opportunities.


  Jun 07, 2018

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