MIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) - More details have been revealed about the deadly Miramar shootout with police that left a UPS driver and an innocent bystander dead.
According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, a preliminary report shows that an estimated 21 officers fired approximately 200 rounds during the Dec. 5 incident.
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The findings were presented Wednesday by FDLE Special Agent Troy Walker during a round table discussion with members of the Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board’s Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Committee and the Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board.
“We have an obligation to the community, and we also have an obligation to the law enforcement agencies that are involved,” Walker said. “There were 195 rounds that were recovered on scene. Each officer has to be able to explain what threat they saw and then make a justification as to why they pulled the trigger a certain number of times.”
Walker added that additional review and investigation is still needed before actual numbers are released.
UPS driver Frank Ordonez and bystander Richard Cutshaw were killed when two robbery suspects hijacked a UPS truck and took its driver hostage.
The pair then sent police on a chase that ended in a shootout between officers and the suspects at an intersection on Miramar Parkway in the middle of traffic. Ordonez and both subjects were killed in the shooting.
Cutshaw, who was waiting at the light, was also killed.
Walker is working to determine what exactly happened during the chase and if officers could have done something to prevent Cutshaw and Ordonez’s deaths. He added that all four autopsies have been completed, but investigators do not know if either victims were shot and killed by the suspects or police.
“We’re in the process of doing that,” Walker said. “That’s part of the forensics. That’s part of the examination.”
Officials continue to investigate the shooting.
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