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Crime Four died in a shootout with police after a UPS truck was hijacked. Could it have been avoided?

16:50  07 december  2019
16:50  07 december  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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.

Could it have been avoided ? Authorities investigate the scene of a shooting in Miramar, Fla., on Thursday. The FBI says several people, including a UPS driver, were killed after robbers stole the driver’s truck and led police on a chase that ended in gunfire at a busy South Florida intersection

Jewelry store thieves in a hijacked UPS truck are pictured in a shootout with police after a high-speed chase from Coral Gables, Florida, ended Dozens of cops arrived as blood could be seen covering the roadway and at least one person was airlifted to an area hospital after the violence ended.

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The violent scene unfolded on live television. Dozens of police officers, guns drawn, swarmed a hijacked UPS truck hemmed in by rush-hour traffic at a busy intersection. Inside the vehicle, two men suspected of armed robbery had taken the driver hostage. Outside, the officers took shots with innocent bystanders trapped in the cars in between.

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

  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.

Four people died in the rush-hour shootout , the FBI confirmed. In Coral Gables, where the incident began, police said a jewelry store worker was also injured Hudak that two suspects were at the store and they fled in a truck after the police arrived, then carjacked the UPS delivery truck and its driver

Four people, including a UPS driver, were killed Thursday after robbers stole the driver’s truck and led police on a chase that ended in gunfire at a busy

It was, experts later said, a nightmare scenario.

The Thursday shootout in South Florida left four dead — the two suspects, the 27-year-old abducted UPS driver and a 70-year-old man who happened to be idling at the light on his way home from work. It also left a mountain of unanswered questions.

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As video of the violence circulated on national news and social media, some, including the UPS driver’s family, criticized police tactics, saying it was irresponsible for officers to exchange fire on a crowded street. Others saw first responders with no other option, police who had no choice but to confront a deadly threat.

a plane parked on a stage: Authorities investigate the scene of a shooting in Miramar, Fla., on Thursday. The FBI says several people, including a UPS driver, were killed after robbers stole the driver’s truck and led police on a chase that ended in gunfire at a busy South Florida intersection during rush hour. (Taimy Alvarez/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP) Authorities investigate the scene of a shooting in Miramar, Fla., on Thursday. The FBI says several people, including a UPS driver, were killed after robbers stole the driver’s truck and led police on a chase that ended in gunfire at a busy South Florida intersection during rush hour. (Taimy Alvarez/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

In the weeks to come, investigators will have to address some thorny and complex issues about police use of force, researchers and law enforcement officials said: who fired the shots that killed the driver, Frank Ordonez, and the motorist, Richard Cutshaw? How many bullets were fired and from where? Did the officers’ actions put innocent lives in danger?

Robbers killed in Florida UPS truck hijacking, shootout with police are identified

  Robbers killed in Florida UPS truck hijacking, shootout with police are identified One of the two robbers killed in Thursday's televised shootout with police in South Florida served time in prison for armed robbery, according to reports.A UPS driver and an innocent bystander were also fatally shot during the gun battle in Miramar, which was seen on local TV.

Frank Ordonez, 27, died after two gunmen commandeered his delivery truck and exchanged gunfire with police on a highway in the Miami area. The UPS driver who was killed in a shootout with police on Thursday after gunmen hijacked his van and exchanged gunfire with officers on a Florida

Two men shooting at police were killed along with a bystander and the UPS driver, authorities say. https You're viewing YouTube in Russian. You can change this preference below. Police tactics questioned after UPS truck chase ends in shootout - Продолжительность: 2:34 CBS Evening

“Just about everything that could go wrong did go wrong,” said David Klinger, a criminal justice professor at the University of Missouri in St. Louis. The incident "was really, really bad.”

But as chaotic and calamitous as the episode was, it was also “a perfect example” of why police are allowed to use deadly force against dangerous criminals, Klinger said. Authorities said the suspects, Lamar Alexander and Ronnie Jerome Hill, had left a trail of violence behind them that evening. Stopping them by any means — even with bullets — was “absolutely the right thing to do,” Klinger said.

“In a situation like this, the police are reactive,” Klinger added. “This is not a situation they want to be in. Their hand was forced.”

The dramatic exchange of gunfire followed a high-speed chase through two counties that thwarted residents’ commutes at rush hour. The suspects first tried to rob Regent Jewelers in Coral Gables, triggering a silent alarm around 4:15 p.m., police said.

Mom of slain UPS driver says she didn't come to this country 'for my son to be killed'

  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.

Four people were killed after robbery suspects in a hijacked UPS truck led police on a dramatic chase captured on live video that ended with a shootout 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

Four people, including a UPS driver, were killed Thursday after robbers stole the driver’s truck and led police on a chase that ended in gunfire at a busy Florida intersection during rush hour, a law You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

They said a female employee of the store was injured as the robbers and the store owner shot at each other. The gunmen fled north in a truck, then commandeered a UPS truck while the driver was making a delivery, police said. Several police cars pursued the UPS truck, with the UPS driver trapped inside, until the vehicle was boxed in by traffic in Miramar and officers surrounded it.

When St. Louis homicide sergeant Heather Taylor watched the footage, she saw police who refused to retreat — and who put innocent lives in jeopardy because of it. Instead of opening fire in the crowded intersection, she said, officers could have engaged the suspects when they had a clearer shot.

“We don’t always have to be the warrior,” said Taylor, who is also president of the Ethical Society of Police in St. Louis. “Sometimes we have to understand that retreating is O.K., you don’t always have to get the bad guy.”

She acknowledged that the officers were in a difficult situation, but said the video was “one of the most tragic” she has seen.

“Yes the suspects are responsible, absolutely, but we are also responsible for every single round that went toward innocent bystanders,” Taylor said. “Each one of them had the potential to kill someone.”

Police shoot person in Hollywood after chase that began in Hallandale Beach

  Police shoot person in Hollywood after chase that began in Hallandale Beach A police chase that began in Hallandale Beach ended with police shooting a person in Hollywood overnight, according to news reports. The condition of the person who was shot wasn’t yet clear, but the incident happened days after a police chase of a hijacked UPS truck led to a shootout in Miramar that left four dead. The shooting took place at a gas station across the street from Hollywood City Hall.According to WPLG-Ch. 10, Hallandale Beach police say one of their officers tried to pull over a car in Hallandale but the driver refused to stop. During the chase along Pembroke Road and Interstate 95, a passenger was hanging out of the car window brandishing a gun.

Four people died in a shootout Thursday after jewelry robbers stole a UPS truck and led Florida police on a high-speed The suspects then fled in a truck and hijacked the UPS delivery truck about 20 minutes later, Piro said As you can imagine, this is going to be a very complicated crime scene.”

Four people, including a UPS driver, were killed Thursday after robbers stole the driver’s truck and led police on a chase that ended in gunfire at a busy Florida intersection during rush hour, a law You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

On a GoFundMe page that had raised more than $100,000 by Friday evening, Roy Ordonez wrote that his brother, the UPS driver, had been gunned “down like a criminal by the Florida police.” He asked people to share the fundraising page to “make people aware of trigger happy police officers.”

“They could have killed many more people, could have been one of your loved ones,” Roy Ordonez wrote. “Please don’t let my brother’s death be for nothing. Police need to be held accountable.”

Joe Merino, who told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel he was Frank Ordonez’s stepfather, said his stepson “was murdered.”

“The police are here to serve and protect," Merino said, "but where was the protection for my son?”

Autopsies could determine who fired the shots that killed Ordonez and Cutshaw. Tania Rues, a spokesperson for Miramar Police, referred a question about the timeline for the autopsies to the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shootout, Rues said.

"The armed suspects engaged law enforcement in open fire,” said FBI agent George Piro on Thursday. He said the first shot was fired during the chase but declined to provide more details. Piro said it would be “completely inappropriate” to discuss whether the UPS driver or the bystander may have been hit by officers’ gunfire.

At least 18 cops opened fire in Florida shootout that killed 4, union says

  At least 18 cops opened fire in Florida shootout that killed 4, union says FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - At least 18 officers, the majority of them from Miami-Dade Police, fired their guns Thursday afternoon as jewelry store robbers shot at them, Rod Skirvin, the president for the Broward County Police Benevolent Association, said Monday. Officers chased a hijacked UPS truck from Coral Gables to Miramar after the robbers held up a Regent Jewelers on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. Killed in the gunfire were the robbers, Lamar Alexander and Ronnie Jerome Hill; the kidnapped UPS driver, Frank Ordonez; and a commuter who was in his car, Richard Cutshaw.© Amy Beth Bennett/Sun Sentinel/TNS The investigation continues on Friday, Dec.

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Four people were killed on Thursday during a televised shootout on a traffic-choked roadway outside Miami after an attempt to rob a jewelry store ended in the hijacking of a UPS truck , the kidnapping of its driver and a police chase across two densely populated South Florida counties.

David Harris, a policing expert and a law professor at the University of Pittsburgh, said the police officers' actions should be judged against their departments' policies about pursuits and deadly force.

Most professional police associations urge officers to only engage in a chase in very serious situations so as not to unnecessarily endanger officers, the suspects or bystanders, Harris said. He said most police forces, however, would allow officers to chase the vehicle of suspects connected to a violent felony, like firing shots during a jewelry store robbery.

"A situation like this with a hijacked truck, a kidnapping and maybe hundreds of civilians in danger is very unusual," Harris said. "And you won’t find but a handful of police officers in the United States who’ve had an experience like this."

Geoff Alpert, a criminology professor at the University of South Carolina, said other than having a SWAT truck with heavily armed tactical police officers, he did not know of alternative ways that police could have safely ended the pursuit. The gunmen had proven that they were willing to resort to violence to escape and could have endangered other people in the area, like by hijacking other cars, Alpert said.

"This is why the police are trained to do what they do," he said.

Every shot that police fired has to be accounted for, Alpert added. He said investigators need to ask each officer on the scene, while their memories are fresh, why they shot and what their target was.

“Every one of them could be justified,” Alpert said, “or there may be some that aren’t.”

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