SOUTH MIAMI DADE (CBSMiami) – The last suspect in a police-involved shooting and armed robbery at a Quality Inn on Friday morning has been arrested.
Odanhue Mairs, 22, of Miami, was arrested on Saturday at his home on NW 23rd Place. According to a news release from Miami-Dade Police, when police attempted to arrest him, he used a small child as a human shield. Police convinced him to release the child then arrested him.
Mairs’ accomplices, Philbrine Bell and Xavier Johnson, were arrested on Friday.
The three men, each in his 20s, allegedly robbed a Quality Inn clerk at gunpoint early Friday morning. Armed with high-powered assault weapons, the suspects took off but were stopped a short time later by police at SW 190th Street and 113th Avenue.
Investigators said when one of their robbery detectives in plain clothes approached the suspects van, the suspects jumped out and opened fire with a high-powered gun.
Officers fired back and the suspects escaped again.
The Special Response Team and K-9 units were immediately called to the scene. Bell and Johnson were taken into custody but Mairs got away.
While neither the officers nor the subjects were injured, it was the second time in three days that Miami-Dade Police were shot at.
That doesn’t sit well with Detective Alvaro Zabaleta of the Miami-Dade Police Department.
“When you hear on the radio, shots fired, that can be the worst nightmare for us officers to hear that,” said Zabaleta.
The Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association has expressed serious concerns about too many officers being wounded by high powered guns and has said they need to be taken off our streets.
“We believe that there reaches a limit when it comes to certain assault weapons and we certainly support the ban on those types of assault weapons that really have no reason to be out on our streets,” said PBA President John Rivera during an interview last Friday with D’Oench.
“We just need to a better job of keeping bad people from getting these types of weapons,” said Rivera.