The family of a UPS driver who was carjacked by robbers and killed during a nationally televised police shootout has filed suit.
The suit, which seeks unspecified damages, targets six Florida police departments whose cops are alleged to have acted recklessly by opening fire when the stolen delivery van got stuck in evening rush-hour traffic last year.
Lawyers for the daughters of driver Frank Ordonez — who was covering a colleague’s shift — claim the officers should have stopped the vehicle in an uncrowded area, negotiated with the crooks and not started shooting while Ordonez was inside, the Associated Press reported.
Several TV news helicopters followed the van as cops chased it through southern Broward County on Dec. 5 and at least one caught the deadly confrontation, with video showing a victim falling out of the passenger side following the gun battle at a busy intersection in Miramar.
In addition to Ordonez, 27, a motorist in a nearby car — Richard Cutshaw, 70 — was killed, as were the robbers, cousins Lamar Alexander and Ronnie Jerome Hill, both 41.
Plaintiffs’ lawyers Adam Finkel and Michael Haggard — who also filed the suit on behalf of a man wounded by gunfire, Carlos Lara — said they wanted video recorded by police bodycams, as well as audio recordings of police radio transmissions.
“The Ordonez and Lara families — and the public — have the right to know what happened, and how law enforcement reacted on this tragic day,” they said in a statement.
“What happened that day should never have occurred.”
The incident began when Alexander and Hill held up the Regent Jewelers store in the Miracle Mile area of Coral Gables and someone inside triggered a silent alarm.