Skip to comments.Gunfights that Changed LE Tactics
Posted on 08/10/2018 4:52:21 AM PDT by w1n1
In the past 32 years, U.S. law enforcement tactics, procedures, and policies have evolved because of these tragic incidents.
Not all of us are LEOs but their training in gunfight tactics have trickled down to private citizen training as well.
The gear and training employed by officers is much different today, partly as a result of the infamous FBI Miami shootout in 86. There have been other game-changing gunfights in the last quarter century. The following segment examines each of them and how they changed LE tactics, procedures, and policies.
The following are compilation of Police Mag interviews with LEO trainers, firearms experts, and tactical instructors to assess the lasting impacts of these events on patrol officers.
Carl Drega Rampage Aug. 19, 1997: Bloomfield, Vt
Recluse Carl Drega took his one-man war with society across state lines on Aug. 19, 1997, launching a rampage that started with the murder of two New Hampshire troopers attempting to ticket him in the parking lot of a LaPerles IGA market in Colebrook.
Drega, was armed with an AR-15 and ballistic vest, stole the troopers cruiser and drove to Columbia, where he killed a judge and newspaper editor.
Following the incident, rural agencies began equipping their officers with patrol rifles, says Masaad Ayoob (former director of Lethal Force Institute), who was a reserve officer in New Hampshire at the time.
FBI Miami Shootout April 11, 1986: Pinecrest, FL
This close-quarters gun battle involved eight FBI agents and two heavily armed suspects during a felony stop in southern Miami.
The FBIs after-action report solidified Halls belief, because it showed that Michael Platt and William Matixan Army Ranger and Army MP of the 101st Airborne, respectivelysustained fatal wounds yet continued to bring the fight to the agents.
The agents had fired .38 Special and 9mm rounds from revolvers and semi-auto pistols, which lacked adequate stopping power, FBI officials said afterward.
Only Special Agent Edmundo Mireles deployed a long gun, Remington 870 pump-action shotgun.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, the FBI phased out revolvers and .38 Special ammunition. Agents were also eventually issued H&K MP5 submachine guns for high-risk encounters.
North Hollywood Bank Robbery Feb. 28, 1997: Los Angeles, CA
The Los Angeles officers who found themselves under a barrage of heavy machine-gun fire from the North Hollywood bank robbers quickly realized that their 9mm pistols and shotguns were ineffective against the armored gunmen.
LEO's typically trained at 25 yards with 9mm handguns fired from 70 yards, attempted to answer the military-style riflesa full-auto Romanian AIM AK-47 variant, Norinco Type 56 S-1, semi-auto HK91, and modified Bushmaster XM15 E2Sused by the suspects. Their loaded 3,300 rounds of ammo were in boxes and drum magazines inside the trunk of their white Chevy Celebrity. Read the full gunfights that changed LE tactics story here.
The 40 and 10mm are much better against barriers than the 9mm
This does not read well. Needs an editor for both grammar and content. -GP
During my extensive weapons training in the Navy we dissected the Michael Platt and William Matix shoot out for hours and hours and hours...The mistakes that the agents made were many but one thing I learned is that while revolvers are reliable, when you have been shot in the hand and you have lost your glasses it is much easier in my opinion to insert a loaded magazine into your hand gun than to try and load a revolver.
32 years - that’s about a third of a century, not a quarter of a century.
I read a detailed account of the Miami shootout by Ayoob.
The FBI learned a few things but also made an incorrect judgement regarding the 9mm.
The fact that the FBI agents were under armed was true. Mini-14s vs pistols is just not a fair fight. Even the shotguns were not their equal at first.
A big part of the problem is the bad guys just would not go down even when they were basically dead. The 9mms had performed properly including tearing the aorta off one guy who incredibly kept going for almost a minute.
Doesn’t matter what weapon is deployed if LEO’s refuse to take action BROWARD COUNTY. New name is COWARD COUNTY.
Were they semi auto Mini-14s or AC-556 (full auto Mini 14)
I don’t know. Probably would not have made much difference.
Back during the heyday of prohibition and classic gangsterism there were plenty of Thompsons and BARs floating abround.
About the Miami shootout:
Brave FBI agents in an elite unit but they made many mistakes that veteran street Police Officers wouldn’t have made. This might have been because FBI agents don’t make many or any traffic stops.
The agents had other weapons available to them such as AR 15’s and H&K MP 5’s but choose not to take them.
The fight was ended by an agents 38 special revolver.
Someone forgot to tell this to Coward County.
No, of course it doesn’t, and yes, it does. Always, every time, every day, at the same time every morning.
One of the agents who was killed, used multiple reloads and fired 29 shots from his service weapon. He never hit either of the assailants.
Two other agents lost their primary weapons as they came screeching to a stop at the scene. The weapons were stored loose on the passenger seats and bounced out of reach.
Clouds of road dust raised from the stopped cars made it almost impossible to see in the first minute of the incident.
The caliber of ammunition used was largely irrelevant.
The media was at risk prior to Trump?
Absolutely, I’ve used speed loaders, and I like speed loaders.
However, in the FBI case I mentioned, Special Agent John Hanlon had been shot in the hand and made loading a revolver impossible.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.