A pair of armed robbers and two others, including the driver of a hijacked UPS truck, were killed in an exchange of gunfire with South Florida police officers after the suspects on Thursday led authorities on a high-speed chase.
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 confirmed. Miramar police said there "multiple fatalities", but no police officers were hurt. It remains unclear whether the first shots came from inside the police or fired by the police.
CBS 4 investigative reporter Jim DeFede was more diplomatic and even-keeled, but nonetheless said questions need to be asked about this frightening rush-hour shootout. The building was locked down, and no city employees were injured.
There appeared to be dozens of police officers and vehicles in pursuit of the UPS truck as it sped along multi-lane roads and through intersections, and at one point, the line of emergency vehicles trailing the truck stretched for about half a mile.
The entire episode was broadcast live on TV, filmed by news helicopters.
Hudak said officers responded within 90 seconds, including one officer on foot who was involved in a nearby traffic stop. A GoFundMe spokesperson told Law&Crime about two verified campaigns in his name: 1) by his brother; and 2) from a person identifying themselves as a UPS driver from NY.
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The chase began after two suspects tried to rob a Regent Jewelers shop in Coral Gables, city Police Chief Edward Hudak Jr. said.
A harrowing police chase lasting almost an hour ensued in South Florida on Thursday, ending in gunfire and as many as four people shot dead, according to law enforcement. "We have just begun to process the crime scene".
The suspects fled in a truck, then carjacked the UPS delivery truck and its driver not long afterwards to start the chase into the southern portion of Broward County, news.com.au reports. At least one bullet also hit a window at City Hall, but no injuries were reported, Hudak said.
Hudak said: "This is what unsafe people do to get away, and this is what people will do to avoid capture".
"You have chills in your body seeing the scene ..."
"We are deeply saddened to learn a UPS service provider was a victim of this senseless act of violence. We appreciate law enforcement's service and will cooperate with the authorities as they continue the investigation".