4 dead after wild chase and shootout in Miami

Saturday, 07 Dec, 2019

Two civilians were also killed, the UPS truck driver and a bystander, said Coral Gables Police Chief Ed Hudak. Four people, including a UPS driver, were killed in the shootout between the armed robbers and police authorities.

Miramar police tweeted that the heist ended in "multiple fatalities", but that no members of law enforcement died. Police cars chased the truck before it became boxed into a middle lane by traffic and officers swarmed it.

"It is very, very early on in the investigation and it would be completely inappropriate to discuss that", FBI Special Agent in Charge George Piro told reporters.

Footage showed a terrifying scene at the peak of rush hour, as the UPS truck slowed to a stop on Miramar Parkway near Flamingo Road in the midst of a cluster of stopped cars shortly after 5:30 p.m. News cameras zoomed in on the passenger side of the truck, and showed the small bursts of light and smoke indicating gunfire. WSVN-Channel 7 reported that at least one person was being airlifted to a trauma center. The shooting killed both suspects, the UPS driver and an innocent bystander at the scene.

It was a shocking and upsetting end to a chase that was shown live on television from news helicopters in Florida. Employees buzzed the robbers into the store because they were posing as postal workers, according to the Miami Herald.

Police said that no officers were hurt in the shootout.

The UPS driver who was killed had been identified as Frank Ordonez, a 27-year-old man with two young daughters, according to reports.

Soon after, police received a call of gunshots - believed to have been fired by the escaping suspects, Hudak said - at Coral Gables City Hall, just within sight of the jeweler's shop. A fleet of law enforcement vehicles gave chase in a pursuit that was broadcast across the country.

The suspects stole the UPS truck Ordonez was driving, took him hostage and sped away, Coral Gables police said.

Ordonez's family said the father of two was filling in on someone else's route Thursday when the robbery suspects commandeered his truck.

"This is what risky people do to get away", Hudak said.

"We have just began to process the crime scene". "There's multiple other crime scenes: there's the jewelry store (and) the location where the carjacking, kidnapping occurred".

The UPS driver was minding their own business until they were kidnapped by at least two robbery suspects who led police on a two-county chase.

UPS officials, meanwhile, said in a statement that the company was "deeply saddened" by the "senseless act" of violence. "We extend our condolences to the family and friends of our employee and the other innocent victims".

UPS spokesman David Graves said they are staying in touch with authorities.