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.
The two men responsible for a southjewelry heist-turned-hostage situation and previously served time for robbery, according to a report.
Aand an innocent bystander were also fatally shot during the gun battle in Miramar, which was seen on local TV.
The FBI identified the robbers as Lamar Alexander and Ronnie Hill, both 41,reported.
UPS employee who died after his truck was hijacked was covering the route for another driver, brother says
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. 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." Sign up for our Newsletters 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.
"He just made bad decisions in life and it cost him his," Corey Smith said of Alexander, who was his brother, according to the station.
Alexander was a felon with a lengthy rap sheet, including armed robbery, according to the station.
Florida Department of Corrections records show Alexander was convicted of robbery with a deadly weapon in Lee County in 2009, the station reported. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and released in 2017.
Hill was also released from prison in 2017, WPLG reported. He had a series of convictions for burglary and robbery.
The shootout took place after Alexander and Hill robbed a Coral Gables jewelry store and then hijacked a UPS truck during the getaway.
Mom of slain UPS driver says she didn't come to this country 'for my son to be killed'
UPS driver Frank Ordoñez, a father of two, was working his route in Miami when his truck was comandeered in an attempted armed robbery that ended in a hail of gunfire. He had recently started driving a new route, according to his parents. His truck was hijacked by two men who had attempted an armed robbery on a South Florida jewelry store. Ordoñez was still inside the vehicle when authorities launched a two-county, rush-hour police chase that ended in a shootout between authorities and the suspects. Four people were killed, including the suspects and Ordoñez.It's unclear whose gunfire hit Ordoñez.
The UPS driver who was killed had been identified as Frank Ordonez, a 27-year-old man with two young daughters, according to reports.
It was not immediately clear who fired the shots that killed Ordonez or the bystander.
News helicopters were following the chase and at least one showed the conclusion live, with one person falling out of the vehicle’s passenger side after several shots were fired.
“It’s very early in the investigative process,” FBI Special Agent in Charge George Piro said Thursday night. “There are a lot of questions that are still unanswered.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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.