“We got people down!”
Five cars and eight special agents versus one suspect vehicle and two violent criminals: yet only one FBI agent was left uninjured
Special Agent Manauzzi rams his unit vehicle into Matix and Platt’s Monte Carlo, forcing it to stop. But the force of the collision jolts his service revolver, which is resting between his legs, out of the seat and out of reach. Manauzzi doesn’t have time to recover it before he takes fire from Matix’s shotgun, wounding him in the head and back.
2 Return fire
The FBI agents barely have time to react to the furious stream of bullets and shotgun pellets coming from the suspects’ vehicle. Hanlon runs to join Grogan and Dove, while Risner and Orrantia take up position on the far side of the road. McNeill is closest to the killers after Manauzzi: he leans over the bonnet of Manauzzi’s vehicle and exchanges fire with Platt. McNeill later recalled Platt looking directly at him, smiling and then taking aim. Bullets hit McNeill in the shoulder, hand and neck, forcing him to take cover.
3 Caged animal
With a civilian vehicle blocking Platt’s door, he decides to exit through the passenger window instead, climbing across the bonnet. It’s all the opportunity special agent Dove needs, and fires several rounds, one of which penetrates Platt’s chest. An autopsy later shows that this wound would eventually have proven fatal for Platt, but it wasn’t enough to prevent Dove and his partner Grogan’s deaths.
4 Men do wn
Dove and Grogan are momentarily preoccupied with getting Dove’s 9mm semi- automatic pistol working and tragically fail to notice Platt make a charge around the other side of their vehicle, approaching them from the rear and opening fire. Hanlon, who’s been shot in the bicep and groin, is spared, while Dove and Grogan are shot down and then executed where they lay.
Platt and Matix enter Special Agents Dove and Grogan’s vehicle, intent on making their escape. But Mireles, with the use of just one arm, manages to fire five shots from his pump- action shotgun, emptying it and hitting both of Platt’s feet. Platt returns fire but misses.
6 Dead end
As Platt turns the keys and guns the engine, Mireles draws his .357 Magnum and positions himself in front of the driver- side window on the far side of the road, then advances on the men, firing six rounds in total. The first two miss, the next three hit Matix in the face, and his final bullet penetrates Platt’s chest, ending the gunfight.