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The FBI identified the two armed thieves who robbed a Miami jewelry store and took a UPS truck on a high-speed police chase that ended with 4 people dead, including the robbers.

The FBI identified the thieves as Lamar Alexander, 41, left, and Ronnie Jerome Hill, 41, of Miami-Dade County.

Coral Gables police chief Edward Hudak said two armed robbers robbed a jewelry store on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables at 4:17 p.m. Thursday.

After leaving the store empty handed, the thieves fled in a U-Haul truck. But they ditched the truck about a mile away, where they hijacked a UPS truck driven by Frank Ordonez, a 5 year UPS employee who was on his first day as a driver.

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The police chase ended in a wild shootout at a busy intersection about 25 miles north of Coral Gables. Police fired an estimated 200 rounds at the truck which got stuck in traffic at a busy intersection in Broward County.

19 cops took up positions behind occupied civilian vehicles.

Killed in the shootout were Ordonez, 27, the two robbers and a civilian in a car.

Friends of Ordonez demanded to know why police failed to take proper precautions in a hostage situation.

Black Twitter users say the fact that the robbers are Black explains why the cops fired wildly at the UPS truck, without any regard for the civilians in the intersection.

The murders of Black unarmed men by white cops in America sparked the Black Lives Matter movement.


 

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The UPS driver who was killed during a shootout between police and armed robbers in Miami on Thursday has been identified as 27-year-old Frank Ordonez. The two armed robbers and a civilian in a car are also confirmed dead.

Ordonez is a father of two daughters, ages 3 and 5. A co-worker told reporters Ordonez was a UPS employee for 5 years, but Thursday was his first day working alone as a driver.

The tragic incident began at 4:17 p.m. Thursday when someone triggered a silent burglary alarm at Regent Jeweler's on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables.

Coral Gables police chief Edward Hudak said an armed robber fired a shot into the floor, which ricocheted, hitting a store clerk in the forehead. She was transported to a local hospital. Her condition is unknown.

The two robbers then hijacked a UPS truck in Coral Gables and fled with Ordonez held at gunpoint.

The stolen UPS truck led police from multiple agencies on a high-speed chase through city streets, down the Florida turnpike and up Interstate 75. The truck exited the highway and got stuck in traffic at the intersection of Miramar Parkway near Flamingo Road in Broward County.

A firefight broke out between the two armed robbers and police, with dozens of civilians in harm's way. More than 200 rounds were fired at the truck.

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Video from a news chopper shows 19 police officers returning fire from all angles. Some of the officers used occupied 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 Ordonez who apparently dropped a cell phone on the pavement.

Ordonez's family and friends want answers: why did police pursue and then open fire on the UPS truck in a hostage situation at a busy city intersection?

One Twitter user wrote:

"They killed a bystander and the UPS driver wtf man. These things are covered by insurance did they really have to do this over some packages. Like they couldn't wait?"

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."

A fellow UPS driver created a GoFundMe page to raise funds for Ordonez's family.
 

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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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A Miami United Parcel Service worker was charged with hiding packages worth nearly $3,000, then returning to steal the packages later.

Police say Emmanuel Lamont Reggin Jr., 18, a seasonal delivery driver for UPS, hid packages containing electronics while his co-worker wasn't looking. He then returned later to steal the packages, police said.

Reggin Jr. was caught on camera hiding the packages under a dumpster at an electronics business where he and a co-worker had delivered 5,500 packages.

The next day, he hid more packages under the dumpster. He was caught when a manager at the business saw him on surveillance video retrieving three boxes from under a dumpster.

The packages contained a laptop and two PlayStation 4 game consoles, according to WSVN-TV.

Cops arrested Reggin and recovered the stolen electronics. He was charged with third-degree grand theft.

In a statement to WSVN-TV, a UPS spokesperson said Reggin Jr. was no longer a seasonal employee at the company.