MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Police said two suspects who carjacked a UPS truck on Thursday afternoon and led several police agencies through the streets of South Florida are dead.
The suspects who reportedly shot at police from the truck engaged police in a shootout resulting in their deaths on Miramar Parkway and Flamingo Road.
Images from Chopper 4 showed at least 20 police officers, some with long guns and a stopped UPS truck.
The exchange of gunfire with police ended as quickly as it began.
“The armed suspects engaged law enforcement, opened fire, exchanged fire between law enforcement and the suspects,” explained George Piro, Special Agent in Charge of the Miami Field Office. “Unfortunately, the suspects are now deceased, but also two additional innocent civilians deceased.”
The dead include the kidnapped UPS driver, who has been identified by friends as Frank Ordonez, and a innocent bystander killed in their car.
No word from law enforcement whether shots fired from the kidnappers’ weapons killed the UPS driver and the bystander.
“We have just begun to process the crime scene and you can imagine it is going to be a very complicated crime scene plus the other multiple crimes scenes,” Piro said.
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Piro said the FBI is leading the investigation in coordination with the Miami-Dade Police Department, the Miramar Police Department, the Pembroke Pines Police Department, the Coral Gables Police Department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
No officers were injured by the exchange of gunfire.
Authorities said it began in Coral Gables after an armed robbery that took place at the Regent Jeweler’s located at 386 Miracle Mile.
Police said a woman was shot during the robbery. She was transported to a nearby hospital where her condition is not known.
Coral Gables Police Chief Ed Hudak offered a press conference Thursday evening where he confirmed that the UPS truck had been carjacked by two suspects and that someone had been shot at the jewelry store.
Hudack said they received a silent alarm from the jewelry store at around 4:14 p.m.
“When matters get like this, it is difficult on all of us,” Hudack said.