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Crime UPS employee who died after his truck was hijacked was covering the route for another driver, brother says

20:00  06 december  2019
20:00  06 december  2019 Source:   wesh.com

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UPS employee Frank Ordonez was killed Thursday after armed robbery suspects hijacked the UPS truck he was driving and led police on a chase that ended in a fatal shootout in Broward County, Florida, his brother said.

a close up of a person wearing sunglasses posing for the camera: Frank Ordonez© Provided by WESH Orlando Frank Ordonez

Ordonez, a 27-year-old father of two young girls, was "outgoing and happy," his brother, Roy Ordonez, told CNN. "You never knew when he was sad."

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Frank Ordonez liked to fish and to play basketball and video games, his brother said. But "most of all," he said, "what Frank really liked to do is spend time with his daughters," ages 3 and 6 years old.

Chase and shootout involving hijacked UPS truck in Florida lead to four deaths

  Chase and shootout involving hijacked UPS truck in Florida lead to four deaths "This is what dangerous people do to get away, and this is what people will do to avoid capture," the police chief says.Two people suspected to have been the robbers, the UPS driver and an uninvolved nearby motorist were killed 20 miles away after the nationally televised freeway pursuit, said George Piro, special agent in charge of the FBI's Miami field office.

When the hijacking unfolded, Ordonez was covering the route for a driver who had called out, his brother said.

Four people were killed during Thursday's incident, including Ordonez, the two robbery suspects and a bystander at the end of the chase, FBI Special Agent in Charge George Piro said.

The chase began after two suspects tried to rob a Regent Jewelers shop in Coral Gables, city Police Chief Edward Hudak Jr. said. One woman was injured in the robbery.

The suspects stole the UPS truck Ordonez was driving, took him hostage and sped away, Coral Gables police said. Dozens of police officers and vehicles appeared to pursue the truck as it sped through traffic, live aerial footage from CNN affiliate WSVN showed.

The chase came to a tragic end when the UPS truck met stopped traffic at an intersection. Police exited their vehicles and approached the truck with their weapons drawn, using bystanders' vehicles as cover.

Man who was taken hostage, killed was on this first day on the job as a UPS driver

  Man who was taken hostage, killed was on this first day on the job as a UPS driver Frank Ordonez, a father of two young girls, was the UPS driver who was taken hostage by two armed robbers and later killed during a shootout with police in Miramar, friends and family members have confirmed. Ordonez had worked with UPS for five years, his brother told Miami Herald news partner CBS4.

The driver of the truck left the steering wheel. Seconds later, at 5:35 p.m., gunshots rang out. It's unclear whether the first shots came from inside the truck or from police. Whether the UPS driver or the slain bystander was hit by police fire is part of the investigation, the FBI's Piro said.

UPS issued a statement Thursday saying it was "deeply saddened" to learn of its employee's death. "We extend our condolences to the family and friends of our employee and the other victims involved in this incident."

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Family of commuter killed in police shootout demands accountability .
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The family of a 70-year-old bystander killed in last week's police shootout spoke out for the first time Friday, saying they want a thorough investigation to make sure the tragedy isn't "swept under the rug." Richard Cutshaw was a commuter who was shot dead on Dec. 5 during a shootout in Miramar between two robbers and scores of police officers. In addition to Cutshaw, the fierce gunfight in a traffic-packed street also killed a UPS driver who had been taken hostage and two jewelry store robbers who had led police on a wild chase from Coral Gables to Miramar. Police haven’t said whose bullets killed the four.

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