Police Say Man Wanted To Engage Officers In Doral Trump Resort Shooting

May 18, 2018

A 42-year-old Doral man walked into the Trump National Doral Miami Resort early Friday morning, began ranting about President Donald Trump and shot at police when they arrived.

Jonathan Oddi was shot by police and taken into custody. He is in stable condition at a local hospital with “multiple wounds to his legs from gunfire,” according to Miami-Dade Police Director Juan Perez.

A Doral Police officer fell and broke his arm. No one else was injured.

Police said Oddi took a flag from a flagpole at the rear of the golf club complex, walked into the lobby and began ranting about Trump and firing a gun. Doral Police Chief Hernan Organvidez described what happened next.

“He put the flag over the front desk. He then pulled the fire alarm, fired several shots inside by the front counter. As officers were approaching, they immediately were confronted by the subject, and they confronted the subject and there was an exchange of fire and we were able to neutralize the subject,” Organvidez said. “He fled. Within a short distance he was taken into custody without any further incident.”

Perez said police do not know what Oddi's plan or intentions were.

“It appears he was trying to engage our police officers, some ambush type attack," Perez said.

If he wanted to engage police, “he did succeed and he did lose,” Perez said. “That’s the bottom line.”

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the police shooting, while Miami-Dade Police are looking into what led up to the incident. The Secret Service and FBI are also involved in the investigation.

Police checked Oddi’s car and apartment for booby traps and cleared residents from nearby apartments, Perez said. Those residents are now back home and the suspect’s apartment is on lockdown while police get a search warrant.

Oddi posted this photo on Twitter in February, 2017.
Credit Twitter

On social media, Oddi lists himself as a fitness consultant. He does not express a clear political preference on Twitter or Instagram — but did share a post last October from TurningPoint USA, a conservative activist group, criticizing former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick started kneeling during the National Anthem before games to protest police brutality against African-Americans.

Oddi has no arrest record in South Florida but does have a history of traffic infractions throughout the region. They include citations for speeding and failure to yield in the Keys in 2000, failing to pay a toll in Palm Beach County in 2007, speeding and driving with a suspended license in Broward County in 2010, and failing to return a license to the state after it was suspended. That last citation took place in the Keys in 2013.

Doral Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez said Friday morning the shooting was out of character for suburban Doral, in western Miami-Dade County.

“We are a very safe community,” he said. “Metro-Dade Police and Doral Police worked seamlessly in making this incident a non-incident where no individuals were injured beyond the officer.”