A young Florida UPS delivery driver on his first day of job has been taken hostage by thieves and then killed during a shootout with police. Now his family seeks justice for his two small children.
27-year-old Frank Ordonez was driving the UPS truck when he was hijacked by two jewelry robbers followed by officers.
After a 25-miles chase, the ordeal ended with a wild shootout that cost the lives of the suspects but also that of Ordonez and another car driver.
The family of Ordonez and Carlos Lara, a man who was injured during the incident, filed a lawsuit against Miami-Dade Police, Broward County Sheriff Office, Florida Highway Patrol, and other law enforcement agencies.
“As result of the Defendant’s negligent implementation of its policies, the chances of resolving the hostage scenario, and rescuing Frank Ordonez alive, was eliminated,” the families’ attorneys said.
“The Ordonez and Lara families – and the public – have the right to know what happened, and how law enforcement reacted on this tragic day,” the lawsuit said.
“It is in the best interest of this very emotional case for the Ordonez and Lara families that no further comment beyond this statement is given at this time. As more evidence is released, the families and our attorneys will grant interviews. What happened that day should never have occurred.”