Four individuals were killed in Florida on Thursday evening after a burglary-turned-vehicle hijacking resulted in a shooting incident with law enforcement.
According to ABC News, the dramatic night started at a jewelry store in Coral Gables, where one store employee was injured by the two heist suspects.
Confirming an officer involved shooting with multiple fatalities. More information to follow. pic.twitter.com/KFUxcrKfKN
— Miramar Police (@MiramarPD) December 5, 2019
The duo then reportedly stole a UPS truck, threatening the driver with a gun and forcing him into a car chase with law enforcement. The driver was killed when the chase ended in a shootout.
Both the suspects were also killed during the shootout, as well as one other civilian.
— ABC News (@ABC) December 6, 2019
From the report:
The attempted theft began around 4:15 p.m. local time, FBI Special Agent in Charge George Piro told reporters later Thursday night.
As the suspects fled Regent Jewelers, shots were fired, and the two men carjacked the UPS truck before leading authorities on a high-speed pursuit, Piro said.
The two suspects died in a firefight with police. It’s unclear how the truck driver and bystander were killed — whether it was gunfire from the suspects or if they were caught in the crossfire with police.
— Reuters (@Reuters) December 6, 2019
In a statement, UPS extended its condolences to all those affected by the violent incident.
“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,” the company said. “We appreciate law enforcement’s service and will cooperate with the authorities as they continue the investigation.”Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.