An armed robbery at a jewelry store in Florida ended with four people killed in a fatal shootout on Thursday after the thieves hijacked a UPS truck and led police in a high-speed chase on a highway.
Two other people were injured as a result of a motor crash, reportedly caused by the UPS truck's erratic driving, but both refused to go to the hospital for treatment.
"I saw on TV when he fell, and I knew it was him", Luis Ordonez said. Instead of talking to them, they just started shooting.
There were reports of the suspects shooting at police during the pursuit. "They could have just covered themselves".
Four people died in a shootout following the theft of a United Parcel Service Inc truck and an attempted jewelry store robbery in a Miami suburb, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and police said late on Thursday.
The FBI is leading the investigation. "As you can imagine, this is going to be a very complicated crime scene", he added.
A fundraising appeal by Ordonez's brother Roy accused the officers of being "trigger happy" and said "they could have killed many more people".
Multiple agencies were involved in the chase and shootout. But the Coral Gables Police Chief, Ed Hudak, suggested that the blame belongs with the robbery suspects.
"This is what risky people do to get away, and this is what unsafe people will do to avoid capture", Hudak told reporters. "And this is what unsafe people will do to avoid capture".
UPS spokesman David Graves tells the Associated Press the company would cooperate with authorities.
UPS did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment, but told the Herald, "We are trying to learn about the status of our personnel and are concerned about their safety".
Two bystanders are dead after a hostage situation in south Florida, and it is police who are being scrutinized. Police exited their vehicles and approached the truck, weapons drawn, even using bystanders' cars as moving shields so they could get in better position.
Shots rang out, though who fired first - someone inside the truck or police - remains an open question. At one point, a female employee of the store was slightly wounded by a ricocheted bullet, police said.
Some bullets reached city hall across the street, and one hit a window, Hudak said.
The chase was "terminated" 20 miles away in Miramar in Broward County, Hudak said.
While it took a mere 90 seconds for officers to arrive at the scene, the thugs did not waste any time either, hijacking a UPS delivery truck and taking its driver hostage.
After several running several red lights and harrowing maneuvers made in an attempt to escape, the truck came to a stop on Miramar Parkway near Flamingo Road because of traffic around 5.30pm.
Dozens of police officers and vehicles appeared to pursue the truck as it sped through traffic, live aerial footage from CNN affiliate WSVN showed.