Detective testifies in court after being shot
MIAMI (WSVN) -- A Miami-Dade Police detective recounted the moments in court when he came face-to-face with a man who shot him during an attempted robbery.
In a courtroom filled with his own police force, 11-year Miami-Dade police detective Wislyn Joseph took the stand on Monday to testify against one of his accused attackers. "I suddenly heard, 'Don't move, give me everything.' When I looked, I saw the defendant there," said Joseph.
Joseph stared down at Willy Barney the way the 19-year-old glared at him on Saturday Sept. 22. At that time, Joseph said Barney was staring at him from behind the barrel of an semi-automatic gun. "This gentleman there, the defendant, looked at me and chewed his lips and aimed the gun," he said.
The detective recounted how he was working outside all day at Union Christian Baptist Church located on 67th Street and Northwest Seventh Avenue. As he went to leave, Joseph said, Barney and his accomplices Derek Brown and Reverie Santiago crept up and attacked him. "As I began to remove my bracelet, which was a Gucci bracelet, and I gave everything to him, he felt I was taking too long and yanked it off, and automatically he reached in and grabbed my gold chain, which was on my neck," said Joseph.
A 911 call after the robbery recounted what happened next.
Joseph: "I've been shot."
911 operator: "OK, hun, stay with me on the line. Where is the person that shot you?"
Joseph: "That is me ... they fled."
911 operator: "He fled?"
911 operator: "What is your name, hun?"
Joseph: "I'm Joseph."
Joseph was taken to the hospital by another colleague.
Joseph said he immediately got on the police radio and gave out the suspects descriptions. "First time, I got on the police radio providing the description of the suspects," he said.
The State Attorney arrested and charged Barney, Brown and Santiago with a string of gold-snatching crimes a few weeks later.
Barney is on trial for armed robbery and attempted murder.
All three suspects are in jail with and are being held without bond. Opening statements are to begin on Tuesday.
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