Crime

Ten years prison for man involved in Miami-Dade police gun battle

Luis Estevanell, 61, pleaded guilty Tuesday to his role in the shootout outside a marijuana grow house that left a Miami-Dade detective wounded.
Luis Estevanell, 61, pleaded guilty Tuesday to his role in the shootout outside a marijuana grow house that left a Miami-Dade detective wounded. David Ovalle

A man will serve 10 years in prison for his role in the wild shootout outside a marijuana growhouse that left a suspect dead and Miami-Dade detective wounded with three bullets to the stomach.

Luis Estevanell, 61, on Tuesday pleaded guilty to an array of charges, including felony murder. He’ll also serve 10 years of probation after he is released from prison.

The deal was approved by Miami-Dade Detective John Saavedra, who is still recovering from multiple surgeries following his wounding.

The firefight unfolded July 31, 2012, at a home near Coral Way and Southwest 60th Court. Narcotics detectives, who had been watching the home, walked up to knock on the door to see if they could get consent to search.

The firefight was captured in stunning video surveillance footage, which showed marijuana trafficker Gerardo Delgado open fire on detectives, then get killed in the gun battle. Prosecutors said Estevanell drew police away from Delgado, allowing him to ambush the detectives.

Surveillance video shows the July 31, 2012 shooting of Miami-Dade Police Officer John Saavedra and the shooting death of a growhouse suspect. Video courtesy Miami-Dade Police Department

His defense had tried to claim Estevanell believed the detectives were police impersonators trying to rob the grow-house.

Among his charges: attempted murder of a law enforcement office, marijuana trafficking and murder. In Florida, someone who participates in certain felonies in which someone dies can be held responsible for murder.

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