Two armed jewellery thieves making an attempt to flee the scene of their heist on Thursday hijacked a supply truck, took its driver hostage, then led police on a high-speed chase that resulted in a lethal shootout, authorities within the US state of Florida mentioned.
4 folks had been killed within the gunbattle on a busy avenue — the 2 suspects, the motive force of the United Parcel Service truck, and a bystander, FBI agent George Piro mentioned.
The occasions started as two armed suspects robbed a jewellery retailer in Coral Gables, close to Miami, late Thursday afternoon, Piro mentioned.
“Because the suspects left the realm, they hijacked a UPS truck and kidnapped the motive force,” he mentioned.
The suspects sped alongside an interstate through the night rush hour, crossing a number of counties as regulation enforcement gave chase.
At one level, the police automobiles following the united statestruck stretched for about half a mile (0.eight kilometers) down the street, CNN mentioned, with greater than 40 emergency automobiles concerned by the top of the chase.
A shootout ensued when the supply truck was caught in site visitors round 5:30 pm (10:30 GMT) in Miramar, about 25 miles away.
Police in Miramar tweeted that there had been an “officer concerned capturing” with “a number of fatalities,” and that no regulation enforcement had been killed.
One particular person was taken on a stretcher into an ambulance, in keeping with CNN. And one other particular person was flown to a hospital by helicopter in vital situation, the South Florida Solar-Sentinel reported, citing the Broward County Sheriff Hearth Rescue.
The extreme episode was broadcast reside on TV, filmed by information helicopters.
Photos from the capturing scene confirmed dozens of emergency automobiles with lights flashing because the solar went down, all clustered round an intersection the place the united statestruck had come to a cease.
Different automobiles is also seen parked haphazardly on the street.
The FBI is main the investigation, in keeping with Piro.