Four dead after chase and shootout involving hijacked UPS truck in Florida

The suspects sped along an interstate during the evening rush hour crossing multiple counties as law enforcement gave chase

The suspects sped along an interstate during the evening rush hour crossing multiple counties as law enforcement gave chase

Police said a woman was shot during the robbery.

Four people were killed - the two robbery suspects who stole the truck, the UPS driver and a bystander at the end of the chase, FBI Special Agent in Charge George Piro said. "There are a lot of questions that are still unanswered".

In Coral Gables, where the incident began, police said a jewelry store worker was also injured but could not say if she had been shot.

"The individuals abducted the driver of the truck as well as the truck itself", Coral Gables Chief Edward Hudak said.

Several police cars chased the UPS truck on a highway in Broward County before the truck became mired in traffic, video shows.

Police in footage taken of the chase are then seen approaching the truck and opening fire into the vehicle, reports WPLG. When the truck stopped in a middle lane, officers swarmed it with their guns drawn.

At least one person was rushed to the hospital via helicopter following the shootout.

Once the UPS truck was boxed in, more shots were exchanged between law enforcement and the robbers in Miramar. The fourth victim, in another vehicle at the intersection, was "an innocent bystander", Piro said.

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"This is what unsafe people do to get away, and this is what risky people will do to avoid capture", Hudak told reporters. "And this is what people will do to avoid capture".

The FBI on Thursday night acknowledged that four people were killed: the two robbers, a UPS driver who was taken hostage and a bystander who was inside an idle auto at the scene.

"It is very, very early on in the investigation and it would be completely inappropriate to discuss that", Piro said. "There's multiple other crime scenes: there's the jewelry store (and) the location where the carjacking, kidnapping occurred". A stray bullet pierced the wall of the local city hall, located just across the street from Regent Jewelers.

Hudak said none of his officers was hurt. Traffic came to a standstill as terrified drivers waited for the crazed truck driver to pass.

While no law enforcement officers were injured in the raid, the two armed robbery suspects and two civilians, including a UPS truck driver, were killed in the shootout, police confirmed.

The UPS truck was carjacked soon afterward, although authorities didn't say exactly where.

UPS said in a statement that it is trying to learn the status of its personnel.

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