When officers arrived at the tiny efficiency, they found the two women, both shot. Martinez, 51, was dead at the scene. Benitez, 28, would later be pronounced dead at Kendall Regional Hospital.
After a bulletin was issued to be on the lookout for the Mercedes, Miami-Dade Officer Jonathan Dweck spotted a vehicle that seemed to match the Mercedes’ description at Kendall Dive and Krome Avenue. When he tried to pull the Mercedes over, the driver refused.
Dweck followed the vehicle north on Krome as the crossover sped erratically, weaving in and out of traffic, knocking down street signs.
Dweck said he backed off the pursuit at Southwest Eighth Street, because a helicopter was in place overhead and could track the vehicle without endangering other motorists. He said he continued north but at a “safe speed in case [he] needed to render aid.”
After Dweck entered Broward County, he heard on the police radio there had been a crash.
When he got to the scene, he drove his cruiser into the median, parking it between Feliu’s car and the mangled black Mercedes sedan that had been driven by Medina, a Weston woman who had just dropped her daughter off at high school.
“It looked really bad,” he said.
Medina was sprawled on the ground by her car.
“I had to give this woman a chance to survive,” Dweck said.
He began CPR as Broward Sheriff’s Office Sgt. John Kelly drove up.
Another BSO deputy, John Rodriguez, used his car to shield Dweck from Feliu, who police believed was still armed and dangerous.
“We knew that fire-rescue couldn’t get there because it wasn’t safe,” Kelly said. “So we had to bring her to them.”
Together, Kelly and Dweck loaded Medina into Kelly’s car and headed east on Griffin. Dweck sat in the backseat and continued to administer CPR.
When they got Medina to the waiting paramedics it was too late.
By then, law officers had fired a canister into the window of Feliu’s Mercedes, shattering it, so they could see inside. They approached and discovered that Feliu was not holed up, but in fact dead, apparently from a self-administered gunshot.
Law officers could only speculate what set the man off on his two-county spree.
Said Detective Alvaro Zabaleta, Miami-Dade Police Department spokesman: “The only people who know the truth, unfortunately, are now dead.”
El Nuevo Herald staff writers Melissa Sanchez and Maria Perez contributed to this report.