3 arrested in officer's shooting face judge
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Three suspects believed to be behind the robbery and shooting of an off-duty Miami-Dade police officer will remain behind bars.
Dedrick Brown, Travares Santiago and Willie Barney were in court Monday morning where a judge ordered they be held without bond, facing attempted murder charges.
Miami-Dade Police Officer Wislin Joseph was volunteering at Union Christian Baptist Church, located at 6701 NW 7th Ave., Saturday afternoon, when he was approached by the men who, police said, robbed him, then shot him in the chest before fleeing the scene.
All three men were taken into custody a short time later. Police said 19-year-old Barney pulled the trigger.
The congregation held a prayer service for Joseph on Sunday. "Yeah, I believe God was with him," said Deacon Jules Joseph. "He protected him."
Joseph was treated at Jackson Memorial Hospital and released.
Julienne Joseph, the victim's sister, said they are a family of faith, so her following comments should come as no surprise: "This time, right now, is not a sad moment for us. It's a joyful moment," she said. "For a bullet to go through your chest and come out. There's no way it wasn't God. It had to be God."
Another man said he too was a victim of the three suspects. This victim, who preferred to only use his fist name, Joseph, said he was mowing his lawn in Miami Shores when the armed men robbed him of his cell phone and jewelry. "They said, 'Give up your gold, give it all up,' so I just put my hands up, gave them what they wanted, and as soon as they took everything off me, patted me down, they took off," he said.
Police said they recovered the victim's cell phone on the men when they were arrested for the other armed robbery and shooting of Officer Joseph. They could therefore face additional charges.
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