fbi agent and author
Edmundo Mireles Jr.
By edmundo and elizabeth mireles
FBI Miami Firefight
Five Minutes that Changed the Bureau
Much has been written about the April 11, 1986 “FBI Miami Shootout”. Two murderous ex-military bank robbers. Eight FBI agents. One hundred and fifty shots fired.
In five minutes two bank robbers and two FBI agents were dead, Five other agents were wounded, three critically. This incident would change FBI and law enforcement training, tactics and weaponry forever.
My name is Ed Mireles, and this is my story of survival and the fight to save the lives of my brother agents on that fateful day.
In deep appreciation for his uncommon valor and heroism rendered on behalf of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the American people in Miami, Florida on April 11, 1986. During the pursuit of two extremely dangerous criminals, two special Agents were killed and several others were wounded. Although severely injured, Mr. Mireles fired his shotgun one handed to prevent the suspects from escaping and then he charged the suspects and fatally wounded both. His heroic actions prevented further injury to his fellow Agents and innocent citizens. The Outstanding Services and Exceptional Personal Bravery demonstrated by Mr. Mireles were in the highest traditions of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and are truly worthy of this special acknowledgement.
On November 10, 1994 The Texas Department of Criminal Justice honored Mr. Mireles by dedicating the Edmundo Mireles Criminal Justice Training Academy in his name.
Mr. Mireles retired in March of 2004. As a defense contractor he has spent almost four years working in Iraq as a Law Enforcement Professional and advisor to the Iraqi Police. He worked for one year (in uniform) embedded with the Marines in Fallujah and the 10th Mountain Division in Baghdad and Basrah. Mr. Mireles also worked with the U.S. Department of State in Baghdad in an Advisory position with the Iraqi Police. Mr. Mireles worked for a year with the State Dept. helping to train police in Mexico and a year helping to train police in Belize.
Snippets from the Book
My book is an account of my life story and some of the events that took place while I served my country. It is my hope that you enjoy reading the accounts and that you recommend my books to other avid readers of history.
I bought Ed’s book as soon as I heard...
On April 11, 1986 the squad that I supervised with the Metro-Dade Police Department Homicide Bureau was assigned the Crime Scene Investigation of the shooting Edmundo Mireles relates in his new book “FBI Miami Firefight”. We spent several days working the crime scene and I will tell you it is hard to look at the ground and see the blood of law enforcement officers. It is harder by multiples to know that blood belonged to friends that you know on a personal level. On the first few days two Agents were deceased on the scene and we didn’t know how many more would die from the wounds they received. I bought Ed’s book as soon as I heard it had been published and read it in one day. Ed signed my book with these words “I hope you enjoy the book even though you know everything about the case”. First I don’t know everything about the case, I only supervised the men and women that did the work. I learned volumes of new information, and will correct my classes with things from Ed’s book.
David Rivers, Sgt. (retired) Metro-Dade Police Department Homicide Bureau
"This book is well worth reading"
"...is a Can’t put this down read.."
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LEO & Veteran of Foreign Wars Life Member
"Should be mandatory reading for every FBI agent"
Practical Applications Unit (PAU), Fire Arms Training Unit (FTU), Quantico, VA
"Every law abiding citizen should read this book"
Israeli Firearms and Tactical Instructor
- Stafford, VA