It was just before 11 p.m. Wednesday when police spotted Odell Reid — wanted for pumping four bullets into an unsuspecting driver during a road rage incident — as he left a home and got into the passenger seat of a black Dodge.
Two blocks later, they took him into custody, without incident. Less than two hours later, as cops thought the worst of a dangerous situation was over, the night turned to mayhem.
And Reid, 28, handcuffed in the back of a police vehicle, had nothing to do with it.
When quiet resumed, one man was shot in the stomach by police and two others were taken into custody after a brief car chase. An unmarked patrol car used by two plainclothes officers was pockmarked with bullet holes, some of its windows blown to pieces. The Chevrolet Impala driven by the suspects was in similar condition.
Glass and bullet casings littered the ground.
“There was as a shootout and an exchange of fire between two of our plainclothes detectives and a subject,” Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez said after arriving at the scene. “Luckily, the officers were not struck.”
Wently Phenelon and Demetrius Walker were taken into custody. As was Christopher Goa, the 23-year-old shot by police in the stomach, whose lengthy criminal history dates back to when he was 13. Goa was taken to Aventura Hospital. His condition is unknown.
Reid, who wasn’t injured and who was raced away in a patrol car when the cops began chasing the three men, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, accessory after the fact and resisting arrest without violence for the February incident in which police said he shot someone several times after a car crash. He is expected to also be charged with attempted murder, police said.
Police said the dangerous chain of events began at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday when they watched Reid leave a home at 3471 NW 175th St., and get into the passenger seat of the Dodge. He was wanted for a Feb. 28 incident in which police said a man driving a car with Reid in the passenger seat sideswiped another car and a heated argument followed a few blocks down the road.
At one point, police said, Reid got out from the passenger seat “and fired several gunshots at the victim.” Four of the seven bullets struck the intended target, police said. The man was rushed to the hospital, but lived.
Two blocks from where Reid left the home Wednesday night, at Northwest 175th Street and 32nd Avenue, gang detectives from the county’s Northside District, with the help of two plainclothes detectives, picked up Reid. He was placed in handcuffs in a squad car.
Just past midnight Thursday, as the plainclothes officers were still at the scene, police said, they noticed a hit-and-run and began chasing a Chevrolet Impala. At some point near Northwest 171st Terrace and 29th Place, the man driving the car with two others inside stopped the vehicle, got out and began firing at police.
The cops, who were still inside the unmarked car, jumped out and fired back. Goa was struck in the stomach. Phenelon and Walker fled. A few blocks later at a gas station, police surrounded them and took them into custody. Goa was taken to the hospital. The officers were not injured.
By late Thursday afternoon, none of the three men in police custody had been charged and police continued to interview them. It wasn’t clear who fired at police, or if more than one person did.
State records show that Goa, the man who was shot, has a lengthy list of criminal charges dating back to when he was 13. In most cases, the charges were dropped.
In 2006 when he was 13, he was arrested by Miami-Dade police for strong-arm robbery, Florida Department of Law Enforcement records show. The case was dropped. Two years later, Miami-Dade police took him into custody once again, this time for assault. It wasn’t clear Thursday how that case was resolved.
The records show that in 2011 Miami-Dade police arrested Goa again, this time for grand theft auto. That case was dropped. A year later he pleaded no contest to possession of marijuana.
Then in 2012, Goa was picked up by Opa-locka police officers and charged with second-degree murder. That case, too, was dropped. A month later Miami-Dade police charged him with the same crime, the state records show. It was unclear Thursday if that case had been resolved.
In 2015 Goa was given probation for carrying an unlicensed firearm. Four months later he was nabbed again, this time for trespassing and resisting arrest without violence. That case, like several of the others, was dropped.