‘They murdered him': Family slams police for killing UPS driver carjacked by armed robbers
Added 12-06-19 06:37:02pm EST - “A violent police response to a botched robbery in Florida has come under fire by one victim's family. The high-speed chase ended in a shootout in which officers gunned down the robbers, but also a hostage and a bystander.” - Rt.com
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At least 19 officers from five different agencies fired over 200 rounds at the robbers in the intense gun battle on Thursday, after a failed jewelry store holdup led police on a chase spanning several counties in South Florida.
Family members of one of the shootout victims, Frank Ordonez – who was taken hostage when the two thieves commandeered his UPS delivery truck to escape arrest – have been among the most vocal critics of the heavy-handed police response, which saw officers using cars stuck in traffic as cover from gunfire.
“This was police negligence,” Ordonez’s stepfather Joe Merino told WPLG, adding, “I want to use a strong word and I hope you don’t mind, but it’s been on my mind all night.”
Murder. They murdered him. I hope you can understand that, and how I feel, because it could have been prevented.
A woman who identified herself as Ordonez’s sister weighed in on Twitter, asking people to “please retweet this so everyone can be aware how stupid these cops are.”
My friend sent me this ???? pic.twitter.com/E5SjLOSbyY— Kevin Reinoso♛ (@kevinreinosoo) December 6, 2019
Everybody died. Great work officers ???? https://t.co/uNaCuRrDaH— Brittany (@TheWalkingBritt) December 6, 2019
The families have a major lawsuit. How irresponsible to shoot with 100s of people around. Could have been handled differently.— Trinity Luxxx (@TrinityLuxxx) December 6, 2019
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