Frank Ordoñez UPS driver identified as one of four fatalities in Miramar shootout that led to shooting death of innocent bystander, 5 year veteran employee & two jewelry thieves.
The driver of the South Florida hijacked UPS truck who was killed in a shootout following a two-county police chase has been identified. The revelation follows an attempted jewelry heist going horribly wrong, leading to the eventual death of the two jewelry hijackers, an innocent bystander and a UPS employee who had started his first day working as a driver for his employer.
Frank Ordoñez, 27, of Hialeah who’d worked for UPS for five years was a father of two young daughters, a 3 year old and a 6 year old according to family and relatives. The man’s death follows what he presumed would be an uneventful day delivering parcels. Except it wasn’t.
— Joel Franco (@OfficialJoelF) December 5, 2019
Failed jewelry heist turns into 23 mile police chase:
After entering the store, employees set off a silent alarm which alerted police who were on the scene within a minute and a half.
But by that time, the robbers and the store owner had exchanged gunfire, with one female employee shot in the head by a ricocheting bullet fired by one of the assailants. She is in a stable condition.
The jewel thieves then fled in their U-Haul van but ditched it a mile away before abducting a UPS delivery truck as driven by Ordonez. From there the bandits led cops on a high-speed 25-mile pursuit only for the vehicle to get stuck in traffic along Miramar Parkway near Flamingo Road.
As many as 19 officers descended on the truck, spraying the vehicle with more than 200 rounds, as the bandits refused to yield and began firing at police a source told WFOR.
#CoralGables robbery suspects led several agencies in #policechase across #MiamiDade into #Broward County where #Miramar shootout ensued during evening rush hour @Telemundo51 https://t.co/ry8BXotYQo pic.twitter.com/grO456C2Ai
— JRodriguez (@JRodzMIA) December 6, 2019
We have confirmed that Richard Cutshaw, 70, was the innocent bystander killed in yesterday’s shootout in Miramar. He was sitting in his car in the intersection when shots rang out. Friends describe the Pembroke Pines resident as a quiet, helpful man. pic.twitter.com/hQkcuWTsTd
— Frank Guzman (@fguzmanon7) December 6, 2019
Family and friends react:
By the end, some one and half hours after it all began, Ordonzez was dead along with his would be abductors, as well as that of a bystander who was in an idle car near the mayhem as the wild chase came to an end on a busy highway.
Come Friday, the innocent motorist killed in a hail of bullets was identified as 70 year old Pembroke Pines man, Richard Cutshaw.
To date, authorities have yet to publicly release the identities of the jewel thieves.
A coworker said that Thursday had been Ordonez’s first day as a driver after having completed his training as a driver. The coworker said Ordonez had been excited about starting his new position as a driver. Ironically, Ordonez was covering for someone else’s route when two robbery suspects took over his truck.
Disconcerting family members was the degree of violence exhibited.
The police response to the hijacking was ‘insane,’ the victim’s brother, Luis Ordonez told AP.
‘Instead of talking to them, they just started shooting,’ he continued. ‘I know they [the robbery suspects] were shooting back at them, but it was easy to just cover behind police cars. They could have just covered themselves.’
Ordonez’s stepfather, Joe Merino, said he was watching the pursuit on television with other family members and didn’t realize his son was in the truck.
‘It was hard for me to swallow, a real hard pill to swallow,’ Merino told NBC Miami.
Merino said his son normally worked a route in Coconut Grove and it was his first day working by himself on the route in Coral Gables.
Authorities have yet to clarify whether Ordonez and the innocent bystander were killed as a result of a barrage of police bullets.
‘It is very, very early on in the investigation and it would be completely inappropriate to discuss that,’ FBI Special Agent in Charge, George Piro told reporters during a Friday press corps meeting.
Additional released cell phone video of a shootout in Miramar, Florida of alleged robbery suspects firing on police officers at the termination of a pursuit. pic.twitter.com/G8O0cmFxSs
— Sgt.Helper (@1Cycle20) December 6, 2019
Answers sought as investigators seek answers:
‘This is what dangerous people do to get away,’ Coral Gables Police Chief Ed Hudak said at a news conference. ‘And this is what people will do to avoid capture.’
It remained unclear how the robbers came to target the Coral Gables store or whether they had perpetrated previous heists?
A GoFundMe page went up late Thursday to raise funds for Ordonez. It was set up by Local 804, a union that represents UPS workers in New York, to help Odonez’s family with funeral costs. As of Friday morning, $10,111 had been raised of an initial $2,000 goal.
UPS released a statement late Thursday saying they are cooperating with authorities in the investigation.
‘We are deeply saddened to learn a UPS service provider was a victim of this senseless act of violence,’ Matt O’Connor, a UPS spokesman, said in a statement. ‘We extend our condolences to the family and friends of our employee and the other innocent victims involved in this incident.’
Welcome to a brave new ever violent America …
Insane shootout in Miramar, FL (Miami). Innocent UPS driver caught up in deadly shoot out. Thoughts and Prayers to the driver and his family. pic.twitter.com/DrZEtBW5ju
— Jive Turkey (@JivTurky) December 6, 2019
Imagine being in one of the cars that the Miramar cops used as shields during the shootout with the UPS truck hijackers. Imagine taking one of those bullets and being killed or paralyzed. Just for being there
Imagine if American society valued human life more than guns and money
— Miles Howard (@MilesPerHoward) December 6, 2019