Frank Ordonez was a conscientious employee and a loving father of two young girls, his distraught family told Inside Edition Friday.
The UPS worker was on his first solo run as a driver for the delivery service when he was hijacked and then killed in hail of gunfire between jewelry store robbers and police. The shootout followed a high-speed chase through two counties during rush hour in southern Florida.
Some 19 officers from five law enforcement agencies shot at the carjacked truck when the two suspects opened fire, CBS Miami reported. The horrific shootout was broadcast live by news crews on the chaotic scene, as commuters cowered in fear and bystanders ran for cover.
Ordonez, 27, had been filling in for a sick colleague in Coral Gables, his brother said. Grief-stricken Roy Ordonez established a GoFundMe page for his slain brother, saying he was raising money to pay school costs for his nieces, ages 3 and 6, and to hire a lawyer. He was critical of the firefight that erupted amid civilians trying to make their way home at the end of Thursday’s work day.
“My brother Frank Ordonez was killed by police officers … when two robbers hijacked the UPS truck he was driving,” Roy wrote. “They kidnapped my brother and took him on a high-speed chase, when they came to a stop he was gun down like a criminal by the Florida police. He didn’t deserve to die the way he did.”