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

04:55  10 december  2019
04:55  10 december  2019 Source:   latimes.com

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The fourth victim reportedly was in a nearby car when shots were fired at an intersection in Earlier in the day, the Miramar Police Department said that only the suspects were killed and no #BREAKING- Police pursuit of two suspected armed robbers in a UPS truck ends in shootout in Miramar. News helicopters followed the dramatic chase and at least one showed it live, with one individual falling out

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.

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.

a car driving on a stage: Police from Miramar Police Department and Miami-Dade Police Department work the scene at the intersection of Miramar Parkway and Flamingo Road Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 after a jewelry store in Coral Gables was robbed, the suspects hijacked a UPS truck and its driver and led police on a chase all the way to Miramar. The chase came to an end with a shootout on a traffic packed stretch of Miramar Parkway.© Amy Beth Bennett/Sun Sentinel/TNS Police from Miramar Police Department and Miami-Dade Police Department work the scene at the intersection of Miramar Parkway and Flamingo Road Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 after a jewelry store in Coral Gables was robbed, the suspects hijacked a UPS truck and its driver and led police on a chase all the way to Miramar. The chase came to an end with a shootout on a traffic packed stretch of Miramar Parkway.

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.

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An 18 year old infantryman in the Army wouldn't make these types of mistakes, which just further The error the Florida cops committed was trying to close in on foot when the truck reached an Hard to believe with all that lead in the air and all those people that there weren't at least a couple more

Police in Miramar, Florida opened fire while pursuing armed robbers who stole a UPS truck & were holding the driver hostage. While no law enforcement officers were injured in the raid, the two armed robbery suspects and two civilians, including a UPS truck driver, were killed in the shootout , police

a person in a yellow car parked in a parking lot: The investigation continues on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, into the shootout that left four dead after a Coral Gables jewelry store robbery, UPS truck hijacking and two-county police chase ended on Miramar Parkway just east of Flamingo Road.© Amy Beth Bennett/Sun Sentinel/TNS The investigation continues on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, into the shootout that left four dead after a Coral Gables jewelry store robbery, UPS truck hijacking and two-county police chase ended on Miramar Parkway just east of Flamingo Road.

The number of officers who fired shots is among the few details to become available since the shootout. The police agencies involved have released very little information despite multiple requests for public records by the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Police haven’t yet released the names of the officers who fired shots.

a close up of a train: The investigation continues on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, into the shootout that left four dead after a Coral Gables jewelry store robbery, UPS truck hijacking and two-county police chase ended on Miramar Parkway just east of Flamingo Road.© Amy Beth Bennett/Sun Sentinel/TNS The investigation continues on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, into the shootout that left four dead after a Coral Gables jewelry store robbery, UPS truck hijacking and two-county police chase ended on Miramar Parkway just east of Flamingo Road.

Among the unanswered questions is whose bullets killed the four people. “We don’t know who shot who yet,” said Steadman Shahl, president of the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association, which is representing the 13 Miami-Dade officers involved.

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The South Florida cops who fired weapons during Thursday’s wild deadly shootout with two stickup men have been placed on administrative leave His stepson Frank Ordonez, a UPS driver, was killed in the shootout . Ex-cons Lamar Alexander and Ronnie Hill had hijacked his UPS truck and led police

The thieves exchanged gunfire with a jewelry store owner in Florida before they hijacked a UPS truck, along Jewelry store thieves in a hijacked UPS truck are pictured in a shootout with police after a Dozens of cops arrived as blood could be seen covering the roadway and at least one person was

A spokesman for the Broward medical examiner’s office said Monday that all the recovered projectiles were turned over the FBI and Florida Department of Law Enforcement — two agencies conducting investigations — “for analysis and comparison with the weapons used.” Examiners “will perform a comparison of the rifling, the lands and grooves, to determine which round came from which gun.”

The police agencies’ actions instantly fell under scrutiny by the public and by Ordonez’s family.

Ordonez’s stepdad, Joe Merino, has said the police acted inappropriately in the shootout. Ordonez had been kidnapped in the UPS truck and should’ve been saved, not killed, amid the gunfire. “The police are here to serve and protect, but where was the protection for my son?” Merino asked last week.

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3. I count at least five instances of cops firing on the vehicle *with the hostage* while using He said the department should be held accountable for "choosing to assault the vehicle in the middle of It is unknown at this point which among the vehicles had an innocent passenger shot and killed , or if it

Have Your Say . These are external links and will open in a new window. Philadelphia police in stand-off with gunman Jump to media player Police are locked in a lengthy stand-off with a gunman who injured at least six officers in a shootout . Two suspects raided a jewellery store before hijacking a UPS truck and getting into a shootout with police on a busy Florida highway.

Shahl said the robbers’ shooting at police underscored the danger officers must face. “It’s a dangerous time we are living in.” He said more focus should be on “the bad guys who put everything into play.”

Shahl said officers have a heightened awareness of the importance of confronting a shooter, especially after last year’s massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, in which a shooter killed 17 and wounded 17 others.

“Parkland changed everything,” Shahl said. “We’re trained to engage the shooter. If they didn’t do it and something bad happened, (people would ask) ‘Why didn’t you engage them? Why did you allow this to happen?’”

If there’s an active shooter, “we’re going after them.” “If we lived in a perfect world, we’d have bullets that only hit bad guys.”

Skirvin, whose union is representing officers for two of the agencies, Miramar and Pembroke Pines, said the officers were forced to save their own lives by returning fire at the robbers who were trying to kill them. “We’re trained if there’s an active shooter to shoot back, to contain the threat and eliminate the threat.”

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Four people were killed after a group of thieves stole a UPS truck and led police on a wild chase through the streets of South Florida . The two suspects and the UPS driver were killed . A motorist was caught in the crossfire and also died. Officials have not released the identity of the suspects.

The Saudi state news agency said King Salman affirmed when speaking to President Trump that On Wednesday, a sailor opened fire at a U.S. Navy shipyard at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Police tactics questioned after deadly Florida shootout . Four people were killed , including a UPS

a person standing in a parking lot: The investigation continues on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, into the shootout that left four dead after a Coral Gables jewelry store robbery, UPS truck hijacking and two-county police chase ended on Miramar Parkway just east of Flamingo Road.© Amy Beth Bennett/Sun Sentinel/TNS The investigation continues on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, into the shootout that left four dead after a Coral Gables jewelry store robbery, UPS truck hijacking and two-county police chase ended on Miramar Parkway just east of Flamingo Road.

No police were wounded in the shooting.

Skirvin said the union’s tally of officers who opened fire may grow once agencies’ investigations are finalized. He said those who fired shots were: 13 officers with Miami-Dade Police; three officers (and maybe a fourth) from Miramar; at least one officer (and possibly a second) from Pembroke Pines; and a trooper from the Florida Highway Patrol.

a man in a blue shirt: Lamar Alexander, 41, has been identified by the FBI as one of the robbers in Thursday's jewelry heist turned shootout on Dec. 5, 2019 in South Florida.© Florida Dept. of Corrections/Florida Dept. of Corrections/TNS Lamar Alexander, 41, has been identified by the FBI as one of the robbers in Thursday's jewelry heist turned shootout on Dec. 5, 2019 in South Florida.

Both Miramar and Miami-Dade police acknowledged their officers involved have been placed on administrative leave. The Florida Highway Patrol on Monday said the one trooper who was involved is on administrative leave during the investigation. Two spokespeople for the Pembroke Pines Police Department haven’t answered questions since Thursday.

Skirvin said based on the preliminary information available, the officers’ actions “were justified and the union supports them.”

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Both robbers were shot and killed , and the fourth victim was in a nearby vehicle when shots rang out at a crowded intersection Television news helicopters showed first responders tending to at least one person who fell out of the UPS truck, moments after several shots were fired when the chase ended.

FBI named jewelry thieves killed in Miami shootout as Lamar Alexander and Ronnie Jerome Hill Ordonez, the robbers, and an innocent motorist were all killed in the shootout as cops fired 200 When the armed criminals became stuck in traffic in Broward County and again opened fire on Dozens of cops arrived as blood could be seen covering the roadway and at least one person was

He said officers wanted to make sure the two robbers didn’t take another hostage or kill someone in traffic. He said the SWAT team and a hostage negotiator were still “en route, but these guys were actively shooting and trying to kill people.”

a man looking at the camera: Ronnie Jerome Hill, 41, has been identified by the FBI as one of the robbers in Thursday's jewelry heist turned shootout on Dec. 5, 2019 in South Florida.© Florida Dept. of Corrections/Florida Dept. of Corrections/TNS Ronnie Jerome Hill, 41, has been identified by the FBI as one of the robbers in Thursday's jewelry heist turned shootout on Dec. 5, 2019 in South Florida.

He called the killing of the UPS driver and the commuter a tragedy and said it’s a “very emotional experience for an officer to have to take a life and it’s a lifelong event for them to deal with.” He said the officers are “emotionally distraught. Our No. 1 goal is protection of the citizens.”

a plane parked on a stage: Police from Miramar Police Department and Miami-Dade Police Department work the scene at the intersection of Miramar Parkway and Flamingo Road Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 after a jewelry store in Coral Gables was robbed, the suspects hijacked a UPS truck and its driver and led police on a chase all the way to Miramar. The chase came to an end with a shootout on a traffic packed stretch of Miramar Parkway.© Taimy Alvarez/Sun Sentinel/TNS Police from Miramar Police Department and Miami-Dade Police Department work the scene at the intersection of Miramar Parkway and Flamingo Road Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 after a jewelry store in Coral Gables was robbed, the suspects hijacked a UPS truck and its driver and led police on a chase all the way to Miramar. The chase came to an end with a shootout on a traffic packed stretch of Miramar Parkway.

He said he expects training to improve. “This situation will be analyzed many times over,” he said. “And we will try to improve our training and our tactics to try to prevent loss of life.”

a man riding on the back of a truck: Police from Miramar Police Department and Miami-Dade Police Department work the scene at the intersection of Miramar Parkway and Flamingo Road Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 after a jewelry store in Coral Gables was robbed, the suspects hijacked a UPS truck and its driver and led police on a chase all the way to Miramar. The chase came to an end with a shootout on a traffic packed stretch of Miramar Parkway.© Taimy Alvarez/Sun Sentinel/TNS Police from Miramar Police Department and Miami-Dade Police Department work the scene at the intersection of Miramar Parkway and Flamingo Road Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 after a jewelry store in Coral Gables was robbed, the suspects hijacked a UPS truck and its driver and led police on a chase all the way to Miramar. The chase came to an end with a shootout on a traffic packed stretch of Miramar Parkway.

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Merino said he was watching the police chase on television. He didn’t realize at first that his stepson was News helicopters captured the scene as officers fired at the truck and took cover behind cars The two robbers and a person in a nearby car also were killed in the shootout , the FBI told reporters.

Four people were killed in the shootout . ^ "UPS Driver and Union Official Among 4 Killed in Shootout Outside Miami". "South Florida cops in shootout that killed UPS driver, 3 others placed on administrative leave: reports".

a car driving on a rainy night: A UPS delivery truck involved in a robbery in Coral Gables and ending in a police shooting at Flamingo Road and Miramar Parkway, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019.© CHARLES TRAINOR JR/Miami Herald/TNS A UPS delivery truck involved in a robbery in Coral Gables and ending in a police shooting at Flamingo Road and Miramar Parkway, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019.

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a person riding a bicycle in front of a building: Coral Gables police officers guard a crime scene perimeter at an alley way south of Coral Way after a robbery at Regent Jewelers at 386 Miracle Mile where, according to Police Chief Ed Hudak, multiple suspects exchanged gunfire with a jewelry shop worker, with some bullets hitting City Hall across the street. Shortly after the shootout, the suspects abducted a UPS driver at gunpoint and fled in the driver's truck beginning a pursuit of the UPS truck, which sped up Interstate 75 into Broward County and ended in Miramar,  on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019.© Pedro Portal/Miami Herald/TNS Coral Gables police officers guard a crime scene perimeter at an alley way south of Coral Way after a robbery at Regent Jewelers at 386 Miracle Mile where, according to Police Chief Ed Hudak, multiple suspects exchanged gunfire with a jewelry shop worker, with some bullets hitting City Hall across the street. Shortly after the shootout, the suspects abducted a UPS driver at gunpoint and fled in the driver's truck beginning a pursuit of the UPS truck, which sped up Interstate 75 into Broward County and ended in Miramar, on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019.

Memorial Service Held For Innocent Bystander Richard Cutshaw Killed In Miramar Shootout .
The family of 70-year-old Richard Cutshaw said they are still trying to wrap their heads around his untimely death. © Provided by CBS Miami“We know that it happened but we still can’t believe it,” said his brother Tom Cutshaw. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); A celebration of Cutshaw’s life was held at the Scarano Pines Memorial Chapel in Hollywood Wednesday afternoon.

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