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Four Dead In Miami Following Police Shoot-Out After Armed Robbers Take UPS Driver Hostage

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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. 

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. 

Coral Gables Police Chief Hudak said in a press conference:

“This is what dangerous people do to get away. And this is what people will do to avoid capture.”

No police were injured and Hudak told reporters authorities were able to respond to the robbery at the jewelry store within 90 seconds.

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.

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.

Details from the shootout have raised questions for some as to whether the police acted in the wisest way possible.

The police’s decision to confront the thieves at a busy intersection with a hailstorm of bullets may have resulted in two innocent deaths.

There are many questions that need to be asked about the dangerous incident.

The family of the UPS driver who was killed believes things could have been handled differently.

Care must be taken to make sure police aren’t catching criminals at the expense of innocent lives.

Hopefully, we can all take some solace in the fact that two dangerous criminals are off the streets. 

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Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--