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A jewelry store robbery in South Florida ended in a wild shootout after a police chase in a stolen UPS truck. A UPS driver and a motorist were killed in the shootout, police say.

The incident began at 4:17 p.m. Thursday with a silent burglary alarm at Regent Jeweler's located at 386 Miracle Mile in Coral Gables.

According to the Miami Herald, an armed robber fired a shot into the floor in the store. The bullet ricocheted, hitting a store clerk in the forehead. She was transported to a local hospital. Her condition is unknown. Another bullet went through the window at the city clerk's office in city hall across the street, the Herald reports.

Coral Gables police chief Edward Hudak said the armed robbers hijacked a UPS truck in Coral Gables and fled as several police agencies gave chase.

A caravan of police cars followed the stolen UPS truck through city streets, down the Florida turnpike and onto Interstate 75. The truck exited the highway in Pembroke Pines and weaved through city streets about 20 miles north of Coral Gables. The truck broke through a wooden gate into the Century Village community.

The truck came to a stop at the busy intersection of Miramar Parkway near Flamingo Road in Broward County, where the robbers opened fire at police.

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Video from a news chopper shows about 20 police officers returning fire from all angles. Some of the officers used civilian vehicles as shields.

Two men were seen crawling over each other through the truck's open passenger door onto the asphalt pavement. One of the men was the UPS driver. The unidentified driver is among the deceased.

Steadman Stahl, the president of the Miami-Dade Police Benevolent Association, was unapologetic about the police engaging the suspects in a firefight at a crowded intersection.

"It's unfortunate that the bystanders were killed, but the bad guys put all this in motion," said Stahl. He added: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the two innocent bystanders."

A UPS spokesman released a statement after learning of the fate of their driver:

"We are deeply saddened to learn a UPS service provider was a victim of this senseless act of violence. We extend our condolences to the family and friends of our employee and the other innocent victims involved in this incident. We appreciate law enforcement’s service and will cooperate with the authorities as they continue the investigation."

 

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Police are searching for a Louisiana woman who ran over her ex-boyfriend's new lady friend with her car. Opelousas police have put out an APB on Lakeshia Rideau, of Opelousas, after she ran over the victim early Saturday outside the Crestview Apartments.

According to KLFY News, Rideau spotted her ex-boyfriend returning home after a night out with his new girlfriend. Rideau reportedly floored the gas and struck the victim, before fleeing the scene in a late model brown and tan Nissan Maxima.

Police Chief Martin McClendon said the hit and run occurred around 1 a.m. Saturday. The male companion transported the victim to the hospital in his vehicle.

McClendon said the victim suffered broken bones in her legs and other internal injuries. She is expected to recover but she may need physical therapy.

Rideau is wanted on charges of attempted second-degree murder.

Anyone with information on Rideau's whereabouts is asked to contact Opelousas Police at (337) 948-2500.

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Police in North Carolina are warning men to be aware of their surroundings when they go out drinking late at night.

Wilmington police say 11 men, including military servicemen, have been attacked or sexually assaulted after leaving area bars at night, the Newsobserver.com reports.

The men, including seven members of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps., were attacked in downtown Wilmington around the time bars closed for the night.

"Police have now identified four victims who may have been sexually assaulted," officials said Wednesday on Facebook.

The attacks and sexual assaults date back to January 2018, police say.

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Officials discovered a link between the assaults when the attacks began escalating a few weeks ago. The men were attacked then robbed before being sexually assaulted.

Police have stepped up patrols in areas around bars and nightclubs in downtown Wilmington.

Officials caution men who drink in public establishments to please exercise caution, travel in groups, and don't leave drinks unmonitored. Don't drink and drive and never leave a bar with a stranger.

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A neighbor of a Real Housewives of Atlanta star was arrested after a SWAT standoff that lasted for several hours on Wednesday.

George R. Moore was arrested after firing a gunshot inside his mansion in the affluent Manor Golf and County Club in Milton, GA.

Channel 2's Mike Petchenik, was at the scene when police and SWAT officers set up a perimeter around the house in the gated subdivision of million dollar homes near Hopewell and Hamby roads.

Petchenik learned that Moore is the next-door neighbor of Kim Zolciak and her husband, ex-NFL player Kroy Biermann.

Footage shot by NewsChopper 2 shows a man come outside and surrender to police, who handcuffed him and led him to a police cruiser.

The drama unfolded on Wednesday afternoon after family members called police to report that someone at the home was in distress and asked for a welfare check.

When officers arrived at the home, Moore refused to open the door and hung up on them when they called his phone.

Police later determined Moore had fired a handgun inside the home. No one else was in the home at the time.

Moore was charged with reckless conduct and booked into the Fulton County jail.

"This is the kind of resolution that we hope for when we get into these situations," Captain Charles Barstow told Petchenik.

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Zolciak's chef, Tracey Bloom, was cooking dinner at the time of the incident.

"When I was in the house, everyone was running around," Bloom told Petchenik. "I was just cooking and I was like, 'What's going on?' My boss, Kim, was like, 'Get all the wine and bring it down to the safe room.'"

Bloom said she's seen the man before in the neighborhood.

"From what I hear, he was cool, but then if you got on his bad side, he'd go crazy and get weird and stuff like that," Bloom said. "I hope this guy gets the help he needs."

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