Dade County to Dodge City: Officer’s persistence pays

Pictured (l-r) are Maj. James O’Donnell, Officer of the Month Det. Gerardo Trujillo and CAC chair Barry White.

Relentless tracking of three suspects over a two-year period won Det. Gerardo Trujillo honors as Miami-Dade Police Kendall District Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) Officer of the Month for February.

In May 2009, Det. Trujillo became part of an investigative team immediately following a neighborhood shooting that saw three suspects escape leaving a victim behind with a gunshot wound.

After the individual was transported to Jackson Medical Center’s Ryder Trauma Unit, Det. Trujillo, with Det. Sharon McCallister and Midwest District Det. Roland Garcia, interviewed the victim’s girlfriend but had only a shoe, two bullet casings and a bloody trail as physical clues.

Using those details over a period of several months, Det. Trujillo eventually identified, arrested and charged all three subjects with attempted felony murder, including tracing one of them to Dodge City, KS.

The combined teamwork and Det. Trujillo’s “astute powers of observation” were cited by Maj. James O’Donnell in a citation awarded by CAC chair Barry White at the Kendall Police District meeting on Mar. 30.

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