4 dead after UPS truck chase ends in shooting

Cheryl Sanders
December 6, 2019

Two armed jewelry thieves trying to escape the scene of their heist on Thursday hijacked a delivery truck, took its driver hostage, then led police on a high-speed chase that ended in a deadly shootout, authorities in the U.S. state of Florida said.

Police say the incident began at 4:17 p.m.in Coral Gables, when at least two men tried robbing Regent Jewelers at 386 Miracle Mile.

Gun shots are fired, and a man's leg became visible in the truck's passenger side door, followed by another man climbing over him who covered his head for protection from the spray of bullets. An ensuing vehicle chase spanning two counties saw the UPS truck running red lights and wreaking havoc at busy intersections before it ultimately came to a rush-hour showdown in the city of Miramar, about 20 miles north of Miami.

"This is what risky people do to get away", Hudak, the Coral Gables chief, said.

Piro was asked if there was a chance that either the driver or the bystander may have been hit by a bullet fired by police.

Police said a woman was shot during the robbery.

Police in Miramar tweeted that there had been an "officer involved shooting" with "multiple fatalities", and that no law enforcement had been killed.

UPS has released a statement upon learning of the death of one of their employees. No one inside City Hall was believed to be injured, Hudak said.

The UPS driver could be seen sitting in the truck on the floor near the center wheel during live video of the chase.

The follow up investigation includes support from the FBI. "And this is what people will do to avoid capture".

"As you can imagine, this is going to be a very complicated crime scene, " stated Special Agent George L. Piro.

The truck led police on a long chase, hopping curbs, doing U-turns and maneuvering around other vehicles and police.

It was unclear whether the first shots came from inside the truck or from police.

UPS spokesman David Graves said the company would cooperate with authorities.

"We are deeply saddened to learn a UPS service provider was a victim of this senseless act of violence".

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