Four people have been confirmed dead after a UPS truck was hijacked by two suspects following a robbery attempt of a jewelry store on South Florida's Miracle Mile Thursday, reported CBS Miami.
The suspects led police on a two-county rush-hour chase through Miami and ended in a hail of gunfire on Miramar Parkway and Flamingo Road in Miramar.
The incident began around 4 pm Thursday in Miami-Dade County, where two people attempted to rob a jewelry store on the Miracle Mile.
The suspects exchanged gunfire with the owner of the jewelry store, reported Coral Gables Police Chief Ed Hudak Jr.
The suspects then hijacked a UPS truck, abducting its driver, Hudak said.
Hudak said the chase went on for about 20 minutes during rush hour in Miami.
Chopper 4 captured the video of the chase. There was even video that went viral on social media showing at least 20 officers, some with assault rifles, engaging in an epic gun battle with suspects on Miramar Parkway and Flamingo Road.
"The armed suspects engaged law enforcement, opened fire, exchanged fire between law enforcement and the suspects," said George Piro, Special Agent in Charge of the Miami Field Office. "Unfortunately, the suspects are now deceased, but also two additional innocent civilians deceased."
Piro said the dead include both suspects, the UPS driver, and an innocent bystander killed in the car.
UPS said it was "deeply saddened to learn a UPS service provider was a victim of this senseless act of violence."
#BREAKING Carjacked #UPS truck chase connected to #CoralGables armed robbery ends in shootout with police in #Miramar at busy Flamingo Road intersection ... there are injuries @Telemundo51 pic.twitter.com/vNGRtMiWR5— JRodriguez (@JRodzMIA) December 5, 2019
Crazy and tragic— Dr. Carlos - Forensic Psychology Professor (@insidethebadge) December 6, 2019
Shootout w/ robbery suspect in Miramar, Florida Armed robbers hijacked UPS truck after robbery in Coral Gables, leading police cars on a chase up Interstate 75 that ended w/ 4 people killed: 2 robbers, a UPS driver who was taken hostage & a bystander. #LivePD pic.twitter.com/IvPngwe6dO