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Special Agent Eddie Benitez | United States Department of the Treasury - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, U.S. Government United States Department of the Treasury - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, U.S. Government

Special Agent

Eddie Benitez

United States Department of the Treasury - Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 12, 1983

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Florida

Incident Date: 7/8/1983

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Special Agent Eddie Benitez was shot and killed while attempting to make an arrest during an undercover operation in Miami, Florida.

During the previous week the suspect had sold Agent Benitez several handguns, rifles, and silencers. The suspect agreed to meet Agent Benitez at a local shopping plaza near Miami International Airport. Agent Benitez met the man in the parking lot and began talking to him as the man sat in his car. When Agent Benitez identified himself as an agent the subject produced a .38 caliber handgun and shot him twice.

The subject was found guilty of second degree murder, firearms, and drug charges. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Agent Benitez had served with the ATF for three years and had previously served with the Metro-Dade Police Department for four years. He was survived by his parents and three sisters.

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Rest in peace Special Agent Benitez. Your Inspector's Funeral was held at St. Mary's Cathedral along with four other honorable, brave and humble servants. You won't be forgotten.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis
July 12, 2017

 

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