CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Four people were killed Thursday after a multi-county police pursuit ended in gunfire on Miramar Parkway following an armed robbery in Coral Gables.
The pursuit ended in a hail of bullets on live television as police fired into the stolen UPS truck, which was taken, along with the driver, during the robbery more than 25 miles away. The firefight occurred after the truck was slowed by traffic and surrounded by police.
Soon after the truck stopped, police opened fire into the vehicle with the suspects and UPS driver inside.
A man could be seen attempting to exit the truck on the passenger’s side during the gunfire, but it’s not known whether he was the UPS employee or one of the suspects.
An FBI spokesman said the two armed suspects attempted to rob Regent Jewelers at 1261 Mariana Ave., near the intersection of Miracle Mile and LeJeune Road.
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The owner of the store exchanged gunfire with the suspects. A woman inside the store was shot in the head during the shooting and was taken to a hospital in stable condition.
“This is what dangerous people do to get away,” Coral Gables Police Chief Ed Hudak said. “And this is what people will do to avoid capture.”
A bullet hit a window at City Hall, which was locked down, Hudak said. No one inside City Hall was believed to be injured, Hudak said.
Hudak said officers responded within 90 seconds, including one officer who was involved in a nearby traffic stop. It was not immediately clear if anything from the jewelry store was taken, Hudak said.
After the jewelry store shooting, the suspects fled in the UPS truck, leading police north on Florida’s Turnpike to Interstate 75 before getting off near Century Village in Pembroke Pines and then heading to the Miramar area.
Hours after the chase ended, medical gauze, wrappers and other debris remained strewn across the Miramar roadway’s middle lane next to the UPS truck, which still had its right rear door open. Traffic remained snarled, and it was not clear how long it would take investigators to clear the scene.
UPS spokesman David Graves said they are staying in touch with authorities. He didn’t share any information about the driver.