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Police chase stemming from armed robbery in Coral Gables ends in gunfire

Police chase stemming from armed robbery in Coral Gables ends in gunfire (WSVN)

A high-speed police chase following an armed robbery ended in gunfire late Thursday afternoon in Miramar.

Four people were killed, including the UPS driver and civilian motorist. The two armed robbery suspects were killed as well.

Coral Gables police say they responded to a shooting at Regent Jeweler's at 386 Miracle Mile after a silent holdup call from the store went out at 4:17 p.m. Two people reportedly robbed the jewelry store.

According to police, a female employee was injured during the robbery, but it's unclear if she was shot. She was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

In a press conference, Coral Gables Police Chief Ed Hudak said at least one bullet hit Coral Gables City Hall. Police later saw the suspects driving along the northbound lanes of the Turnpike in a UPS delivery truck they carjacked and gave chase. Police say the suspects were holding UPS driver hostage.

The two suspects fled north in a U-Haul truck until they got to the area of 1261 Mariana Ave., where they ditched the U-Haul and carjacked the UPS truck around 4:30 p.m., WSVN reported. The driver was making deliveries at the time of the carjacking.

The chase ended in gunfire on Miramar Parkway, just west of Flamingo Road. Aerial video from WSVN showed the suspects and police exchanging gunfire.

After the shootout, two people could be seen on the ground and several bullet holes in the UPS truck.

UPS issued this statement:

We are deeply saddened to learn a UPS service provider was a victim of this senseless act of violence. We extend our condolences to the family and friends of our employee and the other innocent victims involved in this incident. We appreciate law enforcement’s service and will cooperate with the authorities as they continue the investigation.

Pembroke Pines police say the southbound lanes of Flamingo Road at Pembroke Road will temporarily shut down. It's unclear when they will reopen.