UPS Driver Killed In Police Shootout


The aftermath of the UPS incident. Photo Courtesy of: Daily Mail

Angel Reyes

On Thursday, December 4, 2019, Frank Ordonez was killed after a shootout, which resulted from his UPS truck getting hijacked. The shootout occurred after Florida police began a car chase after suspects were accused of robbery. 

Four people were shot and killed in the shootout on Thursday evening. Two robbery suspects, a bystander, and the UPS driver, who was taken hostage, police said.

Ronny Jerome Hill (41), and Lamar Alexander (41), both robbery suspects hijacked the UPS truck while taking Frank Ordonez, the UPS driver, hostage. The robbery suspects led the police on a car chase, the chase ended after the hijacked UPS truck got stuck in traffic. 

Gunfire was heard from inside and outside the truck, but it’s not clear who shot first. Whether Ordonez and Cutshaw (the bystander) were shot by police is still under investigation, the FBI has said. 

At least 18 law enforcement officers fired their guns during last week’s deadly shootout involving a hijacked UPS truck at a busy South Florida intersection, a police union official said Tuesday. Around 13 officers were shot at but were not injured, according to Steadman Stahl, president of the South Florida Police Benevolent Association.

On Sunday, December 8, people gathered outside the UPS facility located in Doral, where he had parked his car before beginning his shift. Mourners wrote messages like “RIP Frank” on UPS delivery notes such as the ones drivers leave on doors when package recipients aren’t home and stuck them to his car. People also left candies, stuffed animals, and of course flowers.