New details shed light on suspects following fatal shooting of Miami-Dade police officer

MIAMI – Local 10 News has learned more information Wednesday about the suspects connected to the fatal shooting of a Miami-Dade police officer Monday night, both of whom were killed by police.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement investigation into the incident has begun, Local 10 News confirmed Wednesday. Investigators are working to determine who fired which bullets, including the one that hit the young MDPD officer.

The officer

Twenty-nine-year-old Detective Cesar “Echy” Echaverry died days after being taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, authorities confirmed Wednesday evening.

He was rushed there by a fellow officer following the shooting.

Echaverry was a member of MDPD’s Robbery Intervention Detail.

MDPD Detective Cesar Echaverry, shown graduating from Florida International University. (Social media)

Photos of the young detective show him as a son, brother, fiance, Florida International University graduate and a lover of bikes and baseball.

Images from Monday night show him chasing an escaped criminal with no hesitation.

Amid a massive show of support for the officer across South Florida, the Miami Marlins dedicated a jersey to Echaverry Wednesday.

The suspects

An interview with the girlfriend of one of the suspects involved is shedding new light on how the two men knew each other.

Thirty-two-year-old Jeremy Horton, a man with a lengthy criminal record and whose last known address was in Georgia, was killed by police amid the shootout Monday night, while a second suspect, 34-year-old Jaime Robles, was shot and killed Tuesday night following a shootout at a Miami Springs hotel as police executed a search warrant.

Sources say Horton and Robles robbed a clerk at a Dania Beach convenience store Monday afternoon, setting off a chain of events that would end in their deaths, along with the officer’s.

Timeline map of known events:

Police said a photo taken by the store clerk led them to spot the suspects’ car in Miami later that evening.

Robles’ girlfriend spoke to Local 10 News Wednesday. She said Robles and Horton had met just about a week prior to the shooting.

“The day before yesterday, Jaime lent him the car,” the woman, who did not wish to be identified, said. “The guy said, ‘I am going to be right back’ and it’s now 8, 9, 10, 11 and Jaime is like, ‘I think this guy stole my car.’”

But Robles’ girlfriend admits she was unsure where the two were at the time of the robbery.

“Where was he around that time? He was already going back home,” she said. “I was in the pool and he said he was coming home.”

Eventually, she said he made it back to the Extended Stay America on Fairway Drive, where the two were staying with his two small children, when he lent Horton the car.

She said the two children were in Robles’ hotel room at the time of the shooting while she was downstairs. The two were not injured and were placed into the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families.


About the Authors:

Glenna Milberg joined Local 10 News in September 1999 to report on South Florida's top stories and community issues. She also serves as co-host on Local 10's public affairs broadcast, "This Week in South Florida."

Roy Ramos joined the Local 10 News team in 2018. Roy is a South Florida native who grew up in Florida City. He attended Christopher Columbus High School, Homestead Senior High School and graduated from St. Thomas University.