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The two armed men who hijacked a UPS truck and were killed after a wild police chase through South Florida had long criminal histories and had recently been released from prison. Authorities on Friday identified the men as Lamar Alexander and Ronnie Hill who are both 41 years old and are related. They are cousins and they were both released from State Prison in 2017. Police officers shot the men to death Thursday evening after a chaotic and fast-moving standoff in the middle of rush-hour traffic.
The confrontation unfolded on live television. A UPS driver taken hostage and the bystander and a nearby car for also shot to death during the firefight. Investigators believe Alexander and Hill were the ones who robbed a jewelry store in Coral Gables on Thursday afternoon, then hijacked UPS truck driver Frank Ordonez holding him hostage during the high speed Pursuit. Record show that Alexander was convicted of an armed robbery in Lee County in 2008 and was released in 2017 according to Corrections records. Alexander’s brother, Corey Smith is the football coach at a Miami school. Smith said that Alexander had three children. Smith said he was headed home from football practice on Thursday night when he received a hysterical phone call from his mom. When he got home they watched the conclusion of the shootout on the news. “I didn’t know he was living like that his brother said in life you got to make better decisions. We weren’t raised like that. I love my brother but he’s been making bad decisions his whole life.”
Smith said his condolences go out to the Ordonez family, the loved ones of the innocent bystander and all the police who responded. It was a situation that shouldn’t have happened he said. Ronnie Hill most recently finished a year prison sentence for a series of burglaries State records show.