Florida Man Killed in High-Speed UPS Chase, Family Seeking Investigations

Florida Man Killed in High-Speed UPS Chase, Family Seeking Investigations

Policemen and women have some of the toughest decisions to make at times where a split second can change people’s lives forever.  Many times a cop may draw their pistol, and they can only hope it will scare the criminal enough to where they will stop in their tracks.  Sometimes, they don’t.  When these situations arise, policemen and women have to take into account their surroundings.  The first thing they must always remember is protecting the innocent should be priority number one.  When catching the criminal becomes before protecting the innocent, innocent people get killed.  This is what happened in Florida when Richard Cutshaw was shot and killed while the Florida police were involved in a high-speed chase with a hijacked UPS truck.

The Cutshaw family wants answers and an investigation from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement because they do not know for sure whose bullets killed Richard Cutshaw.  Matt Morgan is one of the lawyers who is representing the family and is trying to determine if the proper procedures were followed by the police during the high-speed chase.  The family wants to know from start to finish what caused the violence and gunfire to be exchanged in a high traffic area of the city.

The Cutshaw family released this statement, “What happened to Richard is a tragedy that no other family should have to bear.  He was sitting in his car on his way from a job he loved when the intersection around him erupted into a war zone. We cannot make sense of what happened to him; it’s unfathomable.”

Police explained, “The incident began with police responding to a robbery at a jewelry store shortly after 4 p.m., police said. Two suspects fired at police fled and hijacked a UPS truck, taking the driver as a hostage. When the suspects got stuck in rush-hour traffic, they fired at officers approaching the truck.”

Morgan said, “Cutshaw, 70, ended up stuck in the crossfire. About 20 officers from four different agencies discharged their weapons, firing some 200 bullets.

Another attorney is representing the Cutshaw family, Adrian Mendiondo stated, “Cutshaw’s death was not inevitable.”  He is questioning if the outcome could have ended without the deaths of Cutshaw and the 27-year-old UPS employee, Frank Ordonez.

Mendiondo stated, “There is not a well-written pursuit policy in this country that doesn’t have termination requirements and recommendations for when what’s happening is causing more danger to the public than it’s preventing.  Because, at the end of the day, when police begin a pursuit such as this, especially in a crowded area, especially with civilians nearby, their focus is not just catching the perpetrator but, more importantly, not injuring third parties.”

Mendiondo said he is working with and in close contact with Ordonez’s attorney as well, and stated the UPS drivers had a nationwide moment of silence for Ordonez after they learned of the shooting.  Cutshaw had a memorial service the week after, and Mendiondo added, “Cutshaw worked as a field representative for the Government Supervisors Association of Florida.”

Ordonez was taken hostage in the situation as the robbers took him and his truck to try and escape.  A post was sent out to all the UPS divisions across America, which read, “Viewing for our fallen Teamster brother, Frank Ordonez, will be held on Monday, December 9, 2019, at 5 p.m. EST.  #FRANK MOMENT of SILENCE MONDAY DECEMBER 9,2019 17:00 EST 14:00 PST.  If in a safe place to do so, UPS drivers across the nation will have a moment of silence with 4-way flashers on while parked.

USA Today reported, “Ordonez, 27, was driving a UPS truck that two men soon after robbing a Regent Jewelers at Coral Gables, Florida, hijacked Friday afternoon, leading to a high-speed chase that ended when the vehicle was caught in traffic at a red light.  The suspects opened fire after police approached the truck, leading to a shootout that killed Ordonez and bystander Richard Cutshaw, along with the two robbers.”

This unfortunate incident is being reviewed by all the police departments across the board as it leaves the question of which bullets killed the UPS driver and Richard Cutshaw.  Most times in a robbery, the robbers do not intend to kill anyone, but if cornered in such a way, they will go to the extreme so long as they don’t get caught.  Either way, the lives lost that fateful day can never be replaced.  Bullets fired have no steering wheels.

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