FIU’s deputy po­lice chief ar­rested af­ter fight at Co­ral Gables bar

Miami Herald (Sunday) - - Local & State - BY DAVID OVALLE [email protected]­ami­her­

Florida In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity’s deputy po­lice chief was booked into jail early Satur­day on al­le­ga­tions he at­tacked po­lice of­fi­cers at a Co­ral Gables bar and restau­rant.

Ben­jamin Guer­rero, 61, was charged with three counts of bat­tery on a law en­force­ment of­fi­cer, and one count of dis­or­derly con- duct.

Ac­cord­ing to au­thor­i­ties, Guer­rero on Fri­day night was asked to close out his tab and leave Hill­stone, the pop­u­lar Mir­a­cle Mile eatery and bar. He re­fused.

Off-duty Co­ral Gables of­fi­cers work­ing se­cu­rity there asked him to leave, and af­ter he wouldn’t, one grabbed him to es­cort him out and he el­bowed the cop, au­thor­i­ties said.

He also cursed at of­fi­cers dur­ing the scuf­fle and smelled of al­co­hol, au­thor­i­ties say.

Gur­rero is the deputy chief over in­ves­ti­ga­tions and com­pli­ance, and has been with FIU po­lice since April 2013. Be­fore that, he was an at­tor­ney with the Florida Depart­ment of Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies, and also spent nearly three decades with the Mi­amiDade Po­lice Depart­ment.

He earned his law de­gree from FIU in 2007, ac­cord­ing to the Florida Bar.

“We are sad­dened to hear of the ar­rest of one of our of­fi­cers last night,” the FIU po­lice depart­ment said in a state­ment Satur­day morn­ing. “FIUPD holds all our of­fi­cers to the high­est stan­dards of be­hav­ior. We are tak­ing ap­pro­pri­ate ad­min­is­tra­tive ac­tions re­gard­ing this in­ci­dent.”

Ben­jamin Guer­rero

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