“Ortiz responded that he would push his way through the door,” the complaint read. “In addition, one of Ortiz’s associates assured the [informant] that he would shoot anyone inside the house if necessary.”
Two weeks later, the informant met Ortiz at the Burger King, just south of Miami International Airport. Twenty-two kilos of high-grade cocaine were en route from Mexico, he claimed. They would grab a few kilos.
Ortiz told the informant that “if necessary to divert suspicion,” Ortiz would hit the man in the head, “tie him up, and leave him somewhere west of Krome Avenue.”
Seven days later, the informant — wearing a wire — met with Ortiz and his associates at Southwest 147th Avenue and 104th Street before heading to the fictitious stash house.
The informant drove in a separate car, actually an undercover police vehicle. Ortiz was in the Kia.
At Southwest 120th Street and 140th Avenue, near the Tamiami Airport, Miami-Dade officers had staged a traffic accident to control traffic and slowly “funnel” the Kia over to where the officers were.
At the intersection, a uniformed Miami-Dade officer Gregory Louis directed traffic and pulled over the Kia.
Detectives approached and “gave loud verbal commands” for the men in the car to show their hands. Ortiz “complied immediately and put up his hands,” according to the search warrant.
But Azcuy “disregarded the officers’ verbal commands” and “made an evasive move and reached down toward the floor board of the car.”
“A dark shiny object was observed within his right hand,” according to the search warrant. Miami-Dade Detective Fernando Sacasas, of the Robbery Intervention Detail unit, fired twice, killing Azcuy.
A bullet proof vest was found on the floor of the car’s backseat and a black Metro PCS phone was found “in hand,” the warrant said.
Both men are no strangers to the law.
Azcuy has state convictions, stretching back to the early 1990s, for marijuana and cocaine possession and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Ortiz has convictions for drug possession and a 1998 armed robbery, for which he was sentenced to seven years in prison, according to county clerk records. He was released in November 2004, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.
Miami-Dade’s STOP unit has been involved in several high-profile police shootings.
Last July, the unit used an informant to convince a group of violent armed robbers to rob a supposed stash house in the Redlands. The men were armed, the department said.
When the men refused to obey orders, Miami-Dade’s Special Response Team opened fire, killing three plus the informant, who police said was supposed to stay in his car.
In a similar operation, the Special Response Team shot four robbers in February 2007, killing two, at a Doral-area warehouse parking lot during what the gang thought was a heist to steal 60 kilos of cocaine from a cargo truck. The scenario was actually staged by police. The key informant in that case was not injured.