An armed car chase in Miami, Florida, ended in tragedy when a shoot-out erupted which resulted in the death of the suspects, their hostage, and an innocent bystander.
The two suspects allegedly attempted to rob a jewelry store in Coral Gables, injuring the store’s worker with a gunshot.
See video on the shootout here.
They then fled in their own truck before hijacking a nearby UPS truck, taking its driver hostage.Â
MORE: The incident began as an attempted robbery at a jewelry store in Coral Gables, police said.— ABC News (@ABC) December 5, 2019
The two suspects, police said, then carjacked a UPS truck, holding the driver hostage during police pursuit. https://t.co/nr2Q5bhRya
Police began a high-speed pursuit.
When the UPS truck was forced to stop at a busy intersection, police exited their cars and approached the stolen vehicle.
An intense firefight quickly developed.Â
Chilling cell video from right in the middle of the shootout today. Drivers taking cover with police as they return fire on 2 gunman who kidnapped a UPS driver. Easily hundreds of rounds fired. Both suspects, the UPS driver, and an innocent bystander in their car were killed. pic.twitter.com/kTOy4cEpG1— ï½„ï½ï½–ï½‰ï½„ ï½“ï½•ï½”ï½”ï½ (@SuttaCBSMiami) December 6, 2019
My friend sent me this ðŸ¤¯ pic.twitter.com/E5SjLOSbyY— Kevin Reinosoâ™› (@kevinreinosoo) December 6, 2019
This clip, shared with our affiliates shows the moments when shots were fired along interstate 75 in Miramar. The robbers hijacked a UPS truck and took 1 person hostage. Police say 4 people died in the shootout including that UPS driver pic.twitter.com/LSCzuBMdsR— Lexi Nahl (@LexiNahlTV) December 6, 2019
Coral Gables Police Chief Hudak said in a press conference:
â€œThis is what dangerous people do to get away. And this is what people will do to avoid capture.â€
BREAKING: Law enforcement source confirms to @CBSMiami that 4 people were killed in the Miramar shootout including the two suspects, UPS driver and a bystander.— Jim DeFede (@DeFede) December 6, 2019
No police were injured in the shootout that started in Coral Gables as a jewelry store robbery and led to the UPS driver being carjacked and held hostage on a chase that ended in Broward. @CBSMiami— Jim DeFede (@DeFede) December 6, 2019
No police were injured and Hudak told reporters authorities were able to respond to the robbery at the jewelry store within 90 seconds.
1) 4 people dead after crime spree that began w/ armed robbery at Regent Jewelers in #CoralGables. Owner had gun and engaged in shoot-out with 2 suspects. Woman working at store was shot.— Rudabeh Shahbazi (@rudabehcbs4) December 6, 2019
2) Suspects then carjacked #UPS driver making delivery down the block & led police on chase w/ shots being fired along the way. UPS truck came to stand-still in traffic, officers emerged from vehicles w/ guns drawn. 3 people fell out of truck in hail of gunfire.— Rudabeh Shahbazi (@rudabehcbs4) December 6, 2019
Many online are mourning the loss of Frank Ordonez, the UPS driver who was taken hostage by the hijackers and later killed by a gunshot.
Friends of the Ordonez family set up a GoFundMe to help with expenses after his loss.
One of the civilians killed in the deadly shootout in Florida was a 27-year-old UPS driver and father of two young girls. The victimâ€™s family says Thursday was one of his first days driving a new route. pic.twitter.com/d5yTc59vKK— TODAY (@TODAYshow) December 6, 2019
Heartbreaking. Multiple friends tell @CBSMiami Frank Ordonez is the UPS driver killed in todayâ€™s hostage situation & police shootout.— Frances Wang (@FrancesWangTV) December 6, 2019
A coworker says he just started with the company & today was his 1st day on the job alone. He said he was so excited to get going with his work. pic.twitter.com/elyrWR2Z6R
My heart aches for UPS driver Frank Ordonez and his family ðŸ’” Frank is one of two innocent victims that died in todayâ€™s robbery, carjacking and shooting in Miami. A hard-working family man whoâ€™s life was taken in such a violent way. Iâ€™m disgusted. pic.twitter.com/7GLKIEvYsn— Enrique Santos (@enriquesantos) December 6, 2019
In addition to Ordonez, authorities revealed the identity of the fourth victim on Friday.
Richard Cutshaw was killed while sitting in his vehicle at the intersection.
Hereâ€™s our first look of Richard Cutshaw. Rick, as he was known to people close to him, was just 2 years from retiring from his job as a union rep. He worked in Miramar and lived in Pembroke Pines. His family and loved ones are, understandably, devastated. @WPLGLocal10 https://t.co/R8wUip3SVQ pic.twitter.com/AVSklSlaJE— Ian Margol (@IanMargolWPLG) December 6, 2019
Details from the shootout have raised questions for some as to whether the police acted in the wisest way possible.
A senior law enforcement source told #CBS4's @DeFede a total of 19 officers, from five different agencies, fired into the carjacked UPS truck and the number of rounds could exceed 200. https://t.co/wosrFg405p— CBS4 Miami (@CBSMiami) December 6, 2019
DEVELOPING: A total of 19 officers - from five different agencies - fired into the UPS truck, a senior law enforcement source tells @CBSMiami— Jim DeFede (@DeFede) December 6, 2019
The majority were from Miami Dade PD, but also included officers from Pembroke Pinea, FHP and Miramar.
The police’s decision to confront the thieves at a busy intersection with a hailstorm of bullets may have resulted in two innocent deaths.
The number of shots fired by the officers is not currently known but my source said it could exceed 200 rounds.— Jim DeFede (@DeFede) December 6, 2019
In addition to the UPS driver - who was on his knees - the innocent bystander was shot while sitting in a car waiting at the stop light in the intersection @CBSMiami
Asked whether police could have handled the incident differently, treating it more like a hostage negotiation, the senior official told me the blame lies with the carjackers.— Jim DeFede (@DeFede) December 6, 2019
â€œThey dictate what happens and the bad guys dictates what happened hereâ€ @CBSMiami
To be clear, we do not know whose billets killed the UPS driver or the bystander. And the carjackers has been firing at officers during the chase and as the officers approached the UPD truck in Miramar. @CBSMiami— Jim DeFede (@DeFede) December 6, 2019
There are many questions that need to be asked about the dangerous incident.
While the two carjackers were extremely dangerous and had already fired shots in Coral Gables and at police during the chase, there are going to be some tough questions that will need to be addressed:— Jim DeFede (@DeFede) December 6, 2019
-Why did police move in on the UPS truck in a crowded intersection
-Why not try to stop the truck earlier when there were stretches of empty roadway with few bystanders around— Jim DeFede (@DeFede) December 6, 2019
-Should they have allowed the UPS truck to continue on its way through the intersection and find another, less crowded place to stop it. @CBSMiami
-Who was in command during the chase. Having 19 officers shooting into the UPS truck suggests chaos— Jim DeFede (@DeFede) December 6, 2019
I realize it is easy to second guess a dangerous situation. And the police do a job that I would not want to do myself
But innocent people are dead. Questions need to be asked.
The family of the UPS driver who was killed believes things could have been handled differently.
"Other tactics should have been applied, and they weren't"..stepfather of 27 yr old UPS driver, one of two innocents killed in rush hour shootout between police and robbery suspects during Thursday rush hour in Florida https://t.co/g4PrKDmiFK— Jayne Miller (@jemillerwbal) December 6, 2019
This latest post from the brother of the alleged victim who was shot and killed after a police chase. The victim Iâ€™m told is Frank Ordonez, a beloved UPS driver who was just 27 yrs old â¦@CBSMiamiâ© pic.twitter.com/p2azkupWzq— Amber Diaz (@AmberDiazNews) December 6, 2019
Care must be taken to make sure police aren’t catching criminals at the expense of innocent lives.
Miami PD having a shootout in the middle of traffic has to lead to multiple firings or some thing... they lilled a hostage & bystander to get 2 guys stealing a UPS truck?— El Viejo Ebro (@oldmanebro) December 6, 2019
We all have seen hour long movies about hostage situations and we all know itâ€™s not right for cops to shoot up a ups truck with a completely innocent employee in it! Gang style smh.. Very disappointing.. Please stop letting anybody be a cops !!!! Rest In Peace Frank Ordonez ðŸ™ðŸ½— Ice Billion Berg (@IceBerg305) December 6, 2019
Hopefully, we can all take some solace in the fact that two dangerous criminals are off the streets.Â