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Published on June 15, 2024
Miami-Dade Officers to Surrender Following Indictment in 2019 Miramar Shootout That Killed UPS Driver and BystanderSource: Unsplash/ Michael Förtsch

Four Miami-Dade Police officers involved in a 2019 shootout in Miramar that resulted in the deaths of a UPS driver and a bystander are set to surrender next week, as confirmed by sources to the Miami Herald. The officers, identified as Leslie Lee, Jose Mateo, Rodolfo Mirabal, and recently fired Richard Santiesteban, were indicted after a grand jury investigation into the incident that also claimed the lives of robbery suspects Lamar Alexander and Ronnie Jerome Hill.

Details of the charges from the confidential indictment proceeding are still unclear. Santiesteban's prior legal troubles, arrested in February 2020 after a domestic altercation with his now ex-wife, add a layer of complexity, having had charges including "domestic assault/battery" and "robbery by sudden snatching", although these charges were later dropped, 7News reports.

The shootout occurred following a botched jewelry store robbery in Coral Gables, leading the suspects to hijack a UPS truck driven by Frank Ordoñez. Ordoñez, 27, and Rick Cutshaw, 70, were both killed during the hectic rush hour encounter broadcast live on television. "Every year, there's another reminder of the police's negligence," Joe Merino, Ordoñez's stepfather, told the Miami Herald, expressing the ongoing sorrow of the family.

According to 7News, a dashboard camera video exclusively obtained, which was inside Santiesteban's police car, captures the beginning of the shootout at Miramar Parkway and Flamingo Road, though it's not yet disclosed if Santiesteban fired any shots. While the Broward State Attorney’s Office and Miami-Dade Police have chosen not to comment at this stage, the story unfolds with sanctions poised against the four officers involved in a controversy that has lasted nearly five years.

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