Police Officer Echy Echaverry succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained two nights earlier near the intersection of NW 62nd Street and NW 7th Avenue while chasing a robbery suspect at 8:50 pm. A vehicle that had been involved in an armed robbery in Dania Beach earlier in the evening was observed driving in Miami-Dade and fled when officers attempted to stop it. Officers pursued the vehicle until it crashed into a light pole. The driver exited the vehicle and fled on foot as Officer Echaverry and other officers pursued him on foot. The man opened fire, striking Officer Echaverry before he was killed by return fire. Officer Echaverry was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds the following evening. A second suspect in the initial robbery was shot and killed the following day as a SWAT team attempted to take him into custody at a local hotel. Officer Echaverry had served with the Miami-Dade Police Department for five years and was assigned to the Robbery Intervention Detail.
Deputy Sheriff Ned Byrd was shot and killed while on patrol shortly after 11:00 pm. Deputy Byrd was shot multiple times after he exited his vehicle at the intersection of Battle Bridge Road and Auburn-Knightdale Road while investigating suspicious activity. He was in the area after the agency had received several calls regarding the activity; however, he had not marked out on an event when he was shot. Another deputy located him approximately two hours later. Deputy Byrd's canine partner was still inside their patrol vehicle. The subject was arrested a week later. Deputy Bryd was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Wake County Sheriff's Office for 13 years. He is survived by his K9 partner, sister, brother-in-law, and four nephews.
This information is supplied by the Officer Down Memorial Page (www.odmp.org) and the U.S. Fire Administration (www.apps.usfa.fema.gov).
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