MIAMI (CBS4) – One of three suspects accused of shooting an off-duty Miami-Dade Police officer during a robbery attempt is expected to appear in a Miami courtroom Monday.
Willie Barney, 19, is charged with Attempted Murder with a Firearm and Armed Robbery with a Firearm.
His alleged accomplices, Dedrick Brown, 20, and Travares Santiago, 20, face the same charges and will be tried at a later date. .
Prosecutors allege on September 22, 2012, Miami Dade Police Officer Herman Joseph was volunteering with his father at their church in Liberty City when the trio approached him demanding he turn over his jewelry.
“They demanded property from him,” said Rosanna Cordero-Stutz of the Miami Dade Police Department. “They took property from him and then they shot him.”
Police say it was Barney who pulled the trigger.
Officer Herman was able to call 911 on his own. Fellow officers arrived and rushed him to the Ryder Trauma center via squad car. Police across the city launched a massive manhunt and ultimately arrested Barney, Travares and Brown early the next morning.
Officer Joseph made a full recovery.