Miami-Dade County Officer Cesar Echaverry was shot by a robbery suspect.
Cesar Echaverry suffered head injuries and later died while trying to capture a suspect during an armed robbery in Broward County.
Monday night in Miami, he was injured by a suspect in an armed robbery and immediately taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital.
On Wednesday, a large contingent of law enforcement officers gathered at the hospital to show support for Echaverry and his family.
The accused allegedly attempted to flee a reported armed robbery by ramming his car into a police cruiser and another vehicle, according to a statement from the Miami-Dade Police Department.
Obituary: Cesar Echaverry dead after being shot
Officer Cesar Echaverry tragically died Monday night after being injured in a shooting in Miami. The incident happened in Liberty City near 67th Street and 17th Avenue just after 8 a.m.
The department says Miami-Dade police pulled over a white car associated with a previous theft, but the driver refused to get out of the vehicle.
The driver then fled and hit a car carrying a passenger about ten blocks away after hitting a few police cruisers.
A gunshot that followed the collision seriously injured one of the Robbery Intervention Detail department investigators, police said.
After shooting Cesar Echaverry, the shooter was pronounced dead on the spot. Echaverry, a five-year veteran of the Miami-Dade Police Department, was given command of the division that investigates the robberies.
The Miami Herald claimed his pals said he was dating and getting married.
According to the publication, Monday’s shooting was not his first near-death experience. In March 2018, Echaverry was a passenger in a police car that rammed into another car, killing its 45-year-old driver.
Suspicious theft identified
Echaverry was shot in the head while trying to apprehend robbery suspect Jeremy Horton in Miami.
Police reported that when a white car involved in an armed robbery attempted to flee, it collided with two police vehicles and a civilian vehicle, the three passengers of which were taken to hospital in a stable state.
The white automobile was then followed by Echaverry and other law enforcement officers. Jeremy Horton, the driver, was shot and tragically died at the scene. He was 32 years old and hailed from Acworth, Georgia.
Horton was arrested in South Florida on Aug. 8 for driving without insurance, having an expired tag and having a suspended license in Georgia, according to Golden Beach Police Chief Rudy Herbello.
Cesar Echaverry’s family mourns his death
Cesar Echaverry was shot dead in Miami by an armed robbery suspect and taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital.
At the hospital, a powerful group of law enforcement officers arrived to show their support for Echaverry and his family.
Cesar loved to ride his bike, was a dedicated brother, son, fiancé, and FIU graduate who loved his job with the Miami-Dade Police Department.
In a tweet sent Wednesday night, Miami-Dade Police Superintendent Freddy Ramirez claimed that Echaverry died after “a brief battle for his life.”
During Wednesday’s game, the Miami Marlins dedicated a jersey with Echaverry’s name and the number nine embroidered on the back.
When she learned of the loss of Cesar Echaverry, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, who had spent time in the hospital consoling family and friends before his passing, expressed her “grief.”