WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - A Miami-Dade judge has denied bond for a 19-year-old man, Thursday morning, in connection with the shooting of two undercover police officers.
According to a Miami-Dade Police tweet officials sent out just after 9 a.m., the arrest was made during their investigation into the shooting of Miami-Dade detectives 47-year-old Terence White and 37-year-old Charles Woods. Shortly afterwards, police confirmed that the subject is 19-year-old Damian Thompson, noting that he was arrested thanks to several Crime Stoppers tips.
Police have charged Thompson with first-degree attempted murder, battery on a police officer and resisting an officer with violence.
This is not Thompson’s first run-in with the law. The 19-year-old was arrested back in January for carrying a concealed weapon during a Martin Luther King Day parade. The officer who arrested him happened to be White.
Police said they found Thompson on Tuesday at the Hyatt Place Miami Airport hotel. They also said he resisted officers by throwing punches at them during the struggle.
The 19-year-old arrived to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, Wednesday afternoon, and was seen exiting the police cruiser with a black eye.
According to the police report, Thompson told officers that he hated police and that he would kill them both.
The following morning after the shooting, Thompson shared a Facebook video of the crime scene. Thompson’s Facebook page also described him as “Creative Director of shooting people.”
One of Thompson’s neighbors said she could not believe he would actually carry out such a shooting. “He stay to himself a lot,” said neighbor Roberta Flennory. “But going out and shooting at the police? I would say nah-uh.”
Thompson’s mother, Michele Thompson, said she doesn’t believe her son is behind the shooting. “I don’t know about him being arrested, but now he is arrested in TGK for whatever whatever and all beaten and stuff,” she said. “I feel bad and then also at the same time, what they got him charged for, I know Damian is not an innocent child, but whatever they’ve charged him for, Damian didn’t do that. This person is still out there.”
Miami-Dade Police also arrested three additional subjects in connection to the shooting investigation, but none were charged with attempted first-degree murder. Police arrested 25-year-old Jamal Daniels, 22-year-old Jessica Pierre and 22-year-old Mikequesha Simmons.
Daniels has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, fraudulent use of a credit card, grand theft in the third degree and defrauding an innkeeper.
Pierre had a bench warrant for her arrest, and Simmons was charged with possession of a controlled substance and marijuana possession.
The three are expected to face a bond court judge, Wednesday. Thompson faced a judge, Thursday, and received no bond.
According to detectives, Woods and White are part of a multi-agency gang enforcement sweep in Northwest Miami-Dade.
Monday night, the two undercover detectives were inside an unmarked police SUV within an apartment complex, located at 1937 N.W. 60th St., conducting surveillance for gang activity. At approximately 9:50 p.m., they were ambushed by at least two armed subjects, who approached the unmarked police vehicle and began shooting at the detectives.
One detective sustained a gunshot wound to the leg and the other sustained a gunshot wound to the arm. Then, one of the two detectives was able to return fire. However, it remains unknown if a subject was ever shot.
Woods was treated and released from Jackson Memorial Hospital. Detective White, however, remains in the hospital where he is listed in stable condition, according to Miami-Dade Police.
If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.
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