(CNN) – On an October night in Miami, Dominque Jean tried setting fire to an 8-thousand gallon underground storage tank at this gas station next to Miami’s international airport. Surveillance footage shows the smoke smoldering as Jean grabs a gas pump and starts dousing the ground…
Officer Mario Gutierrez Miami Dade county police stated “It scared me because I thought – wow, we are going to die.”
Gutierrez was patrolling the area, He jumped out of his car, and h the emergency shut off to the gas pumps. Then finds himself standing over a simmering time bomb unsure if the gas tanks would explode.
“It would have been massive chaos, they would have thought it was terrorism who knows. And they wouldn’t have been able to talk to me because I would have been nothing but vaporized.”
Gutierrez tries stopping Dominque Jean with a taser, but it didn’t work. Jean starts wildly trying to stab Gutierrez with a knife and a screwdriver.
“He came for my throat and I blocked it with my arm.”
Gutierrez falls to the ground, Jean viciously swings at him more than 20 times. Even after the knife comes flying out of his hand, the attack doesn’t stop.
“That was a fight to the death and only one person was going to walk away from that…”
Officer Gutierrez is stabbed about a dozen times but he’s able to briefly kick the man off, just long enough to grab his gun. Firing 5 times killing Jean on the spot.
“I never heard the gun shots. Never heard them. All I heard was the clinking of the shell casings hitting the ground.”
It all lasted less than 30 seconds. But dealing with the emotions hasn’t always been easy.
“I had an overwhelming sense of failure. I felt like I failed.”
“I needed to know that I put up a fight that I fought this guy. Because i didn’t remember I had no recollection of it. So that really bothered me.”
Sounds of patrol car on the move.
These days Officer Gutierrez patrols the Miami airport alongside his hero
“You’re seeing Juan de Leon who saved my life.”
It was officer de Leon who found Gutierrez bleeding on the ground that night.
De Leon explains, “when I pulled up I knew he was in trouble, his brown shirt was completely covered, it was red, it wasn’t brown it was red.”
De Leon raced his friend to the hospital just in time to save his life.
“He’s my brother!’
It’s the unbreakable bond of officers on the front lines of American streets.