A botched jewelry store robbery in Florida led to a wild rush hour police pursuit Thursday, resulting in four deaths — including a UPS driver whose vehicle the suspects stole in their getaway attempt.
Two suspects and a bystander were also killed during a shootout at a busy intersection in Miramar, capping off the chaotic chain of events that featured a 20-mile long pursuit, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.
The mayhem unfolded about 4 p.m. in Coral Gables when police were tipped off through a silent alarm at the Regents Jewelers store that a robbery was taking place.
Shots were being fired at the jewelry store when cops arrived. A worker at the store was injured, though it’s unclear if she was shot.
From there, the suspects fled in a van. Shortly after, they carjacked a UPS truck with its driver inside and embarked on a lengthy getaway attempt — much of which was captured by local news helicopters.
The truck blew red lights and nearly struck other vehicles as it sped around Broward County with a contingent of law enforcement vehicles on its tail.
The vehicle chase came to a conclusion when the truck’s path was blocked by traffic. Shots then rang out at the busy intersection, leading to the fatalities.
“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.”
Amid the pursuit, Coral Gables’ City Hall was also placed on lockdown when a bullet struck its widow.