Author: The Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
By PoliceOne Staff
MIAM — Miami-Dade police released body cam footage that shows a shootout between officers and a man who tried to ambush them.
The Miami Herald reports that the video shows a Miami-Dade officer firing his sidearm as shots ring out throughout the Trump National Doral hotel on Friday. The officer eventually goes up a set of stairs where the gunman, Jonathan Oddi, was arrested with gunshot wounds to the legs.
Police said Oddi scaled a fence at the hotel that morning and stole an American flag before making his way into the main lobby. Oddi then “proceeded to drape the flag on the reception desk” before threatening an unarmed security guard.
Police said Oddi was screaming “anti-Trump rhetoric” and railed against former President Barack Obama and rapper P. Diddy during the incident. Oddi then fired into the air and shot at five Doral and Miami-Dade officers as they rushed to the lobby.
Oddi was wounded during the shootout and eventually taken into custody.
Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez said Oddi waited for police to arrive for what he called an “ambush-type attack.”
“We don’t know what his intentions were in the long term but we know what he was doing at the time — he was trying to engage our police officers in some kind of ambush-type attack,” Perez said.
Perez also praised the officers for their response.
“These officers did not hesitate one second to engage this individual that was actively shooting in the lobby of the hotel,” Perez said. “They risked their lives, knowing that they had to get in there to save lives in that hotel.”
No officers were shot, but one LEO did sustain a broken wrist during the shootout, according to WPLG. Oddi made his first court appearance Monday and was ordered to be held without bond.
He faces several charges, including five counts of attempted murder.