Customs & Border Patrol Officer Shot and Killed During Training Exercise in Miami

A firearms instructor and officer with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) Agency – Office of Field Operations based at the Miami International Airport is dead today after he was shot by another firearms instructor during a building search training session at the Trail Glades shooting range in West Miami-Dade.

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At approximately 10:30 a.m. fire rescue units responded to the range reference a shooting. Upon arrival, the instructor was suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. He was airlifted to the Jackson memorial hospital, Ryder trauma center where he died.

Very little information about the incident, victim, or the shooter has been released. CBP released this statement regarding the shooting.

“A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer working at the weapons range was critically injured while on duty and pronounced deceased earlier today. CBP is cooperating with the investigation.”

Statement of CBP spokesperson Michael Silva,

“Great officer, a great family, and it’s a tragic loss,” “Just all-around great guy.” “He had that passion for firearms,” Silva added. “He was a great firearms instructor.”

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Officials said they are investigating the incident and do not have details to provide, but local and federal law enforcement are involved.

The range is owned by the county and is utilized by both law enforcement and civilian shooters.

As much as this pains me to say this, the shooting will involve some type of negligence. When shootings of this type occur, you will hear the term “accidental shooting.” There is nothing accidental about these type of shootings. You pull the trigger, the gun fires, just like it’s supposed to. The term being used by law enforcement more and more is “negligent shooting,” which is correct.

While I don’t know for sure, but as this was described as a “Building Search Training” I am thinking this was some type of force-on-force Simunition type training. Many agencies use Simunition brand marking cartridges which are essentially paintball cartridges in common calibers that enable the officer to use their service weapon during training scenarios. If this is the case, and that’s a big if, negligence occurred as live ammunition was introduced into the sterile area of the training scenario.

The Miami Dade police department is the lead agency conducting the investigation into the shooting, and their investigators are speaking with witnesses to the shooting.


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