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Police Gun Down Fellow Officers In Drug Bust Crossfire

February 28, 1987

MIAMI (AP) _ Police opened fire on a suspect trying to escape a cocaine bust in his car, killing the suspect but wounding two fellow officers, one critically, in the crossfire, police said.

Four other officers were injured in the drug bust Friday, including one who was run down by the unidentified suspect as police closed in to make the arrest, police said.

The suspect had bought the drug crack from Sgt. Amos Mechanic, who was working undercover outside a northern Dade County apartment complex that has been the scene of shootings in the past, police said.

The man tried to get away by making several U-turns, but two police cars moved in and blocked his car, said Metro-Dade police Cmdr. William Johnson.

Mechanic stood in front of the car and run down, and in the melee, three other officers were hit, police said.

″Several officers opened fire on the subject after he ran over our sergeant,″ catching two detectives in the crossfire, Johnson said.

Detective Anthony Wilson was shot in the chest and was in critical but stable condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Sgt. Earl Futch was in stable condition at Parkway Regional Medical Center after being shot in the jaw and arm, authorities said.

Mechanic was admitted in stable condition to Jackson Memorial Hospital. The three other officers struck by the car were treated and released, hospital officials said.

Janice Tutt, a resident of the apartment complex who said she saw the disturbance, estimated 20 gunshots rang out. The officer who was run over had just received the money and the man in the car had gotten a package, she said.

″He tried to get away,″ she said. ″He ran over one of the officers. That’s when things went ’bazoom 3/8‴

Police had been near the apartment complex since Friday morning and had arrested some 50 drug buyers earlier in the day, police said.

Last year, two men were killed, two wounded and five cars riddled with bullets in five separate shootings at the apartment complex.