Four people were killed in South Florida after two armed jewelry thieves hijacked a UPS truck along with its driver and led cops on a high-speed pursuit that ended when the vehicle got stuck in traffic Thursday afternoon.
The chase began in Coral Gables and ended on a busy street in Miramar, where a shoot out erupted once the truck couldn't go any further because of traffic.
Killed at the scene were the two suspects, the abducted UPS driver and a bystander who was inside an idle car near the mayhem, sources told the Miami Herald.
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Jewelry store thieves in a hijacked UPS truck are pictured in a shootout with police after a high-speed chase from Coral Gables, Florida, ended when the vehicle got stuck in traffic on a highway near Miramar
The pursuit began shortly after a jewelry store in Coral Gables set off a silent alarm about 4.15pm, said Coral Gables Police Chief Ed Hudak
The pursuit began shortly after a jewelry store in Coral Gables set off a silent alarm about 4.15pm, said Coral Gables Police Chief Ed Hudak.
Cops responded to Regent Jewelers on Mariana Avenue in less than two minutes to find that the suspects had exchanged gunfire with the store's proprietor, Hudak said.
A woman in the store also was found to have been shot in the head, and was later reportedly in stable condition.
The suspects then hijacked the UPS truck and its driver, leading authorities on a high-speed pursuit, which was captured by news outlets and broadcast live as the drama unfolded.
Coral Gables police officers guard a crime scene perimeter at an alley way south of Coral Way after a robbery at Regent Jewelers
The chase ended 25 miles later in Miramar, when the truck was stuck in traffic. Police approached the vehicle and gunfire was exchanged.
A UPS delivery truck involved in a robbery in Coral Gables and ending in a police shooting at Flamingo Road and Miramar Parkway in Miramar