Police body camera video shows shootout with gunman at Trump's Doral golf club

Posted at 6:18 AM, May 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-22 06:18:15-04

The Miami-Dade Police Department released body camera video Monday of officers responding to President Donald Trump's Miami-area golf resort after an armed man stormed the lobby shouting about the president.

Jonathan Oddi, 42, entered the lobby of the Trump National Doral Golf Club early Friday carrying an American flag and shouting about the president. According to police, he fired at a chandelier before exchanging gunfire with officers, who shot him in the legs and took him into custody.

In the video, an officer is seen firing his gun and dodging bullets while several gunshots can be heard in the background. The officer enters the resort's lobby and is joined by several law enforcement officials with guns drawn. 

Oddi was booked Sunday night by Miami-Dade police after being hospitalized at Kendall Regional Medical Center since Friday morning, where he was taken into custody after officers shot him in the leg.

The 42-year-old was charged with nearly a dozen counts, including attempted second-degree murder of a law enforcement officer, armed burglary, assault with a firearm, grand theft and creating a fire alarm.

During his first court appearance Monday morning Oddi's public defender attempted to dispute the claim her client set off a fire alarm inside the hotel, but Oddi blurted out, "I did push the alarm." 

In the brief hearing, via closed-circuit TV from a Miami jail, Oddi continued to talk over the public defender, who the judge said cut off his microphone.

"You know sir everything's being recorded, just so you know," Judge Mindy Glazer responded. "If you want to speak it's fine, I'm happy to listen. Your attorney turned the microphone off though, probably a wise move."

The motive for the Friday morning shooting, which happened around 1:30 a.m., was not immediately clear, but Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez said Oddi pointed his gun at several people and shouted "anti-Trump" rhetoric before waiting for police to confront him.

"We don't know what his intentions were in the long term, but we know what he was doing at the time, he was trying to engage our police officers in some kind of ambush-type attack," Perez said.

In plotting the ambush, Perez added, "He did succeed, and he did lose."

Oddi's attorney, Rae Shearn, said her client was a fitness instructor. She said it was too early to say anything more. "I am conducting my own investigation and have no statement in regard to what occurred or what didn't occur or what may have precipitated that event," she said by phone.

Neighbors and patrons of a nearby gym said they often saw Oddi lifting weights but rarely interacted with the beefy man beyond casual greetings.

Court records in Miami-Dade and Broward counties show a slew of misdemeanor traffic infractions for Oddi, but no felony arrests in his past.

Oddi was ordered held without bond and told to stay away from the resort if he's released.

Courtesy of our news partner at NBC Miami


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