Detectives involved in shooting rampage speak out
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Detectives involved in a deadly shootout between a man at a suspected grow house said it was a case of confusion and mistaken identity.
Details of what went wrong during the July 2012 drug bust that turned into a shootout caught on surveillance camera were revealed in a special bond hearing for Luis Estevanell on Friday.
Undercover Miami-Dade Police Detective Donald Law testified in court. He said he was the eyes of the operation and intended to close in on suspected marijuana grow house owner Gerard Delgado.
Law said he saw Delgado exiting the house located on Southwest 60th Court and 23rd Street and walking to his BMW. Law briefly took his eyes off Delgado while he was moving the car. "I was on the side of the residence cause I was moving my vehicle," said Law.
When Law looked back at the house, he saw Estevanell by the door. He said he thought it was Delgado because both men were dressed alike.
"When approached by Detective Saavedra and Detective Law, stated from my observation, [Estevanell] seemed irrational," said FBI Special Agent Raul Perdomo.
As police attempted to detain Estevanell, Delgado came out of his car with his gun and the exchange of shots started.
Delgado was hit in the head as he was taking cover by a tree. Detective Saavedra was shot three times, but survived. "When I fired the weapon, he went down. I did not know if I hit him or not, I just know I fired the weapon and he did come down," said Miami-Dade Police Detective Jorge Milan.
Estevanell refused to surrender and called 911. "The second subject stood behind an SUV and would expose himself," said Milan.
Police eventually arrested Estevanell. Eighty pounds of marijuana were found inside the home.
A special bond hearing is set to continue on Wednesday.
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