MacGyver captures the three bad guys at the end of the opening gambit. However, there is a fourth man: the one who obligingly drove the forklift and dumped MacGyver into the compactor. He's not seen again. In fact, MacGyver "borrows" the forklift less than a minute later and doesn't encounter the unseen forklift driver who is willing to kill people.
In the opening gambit, MacGyver suspends the bad guys in mid-air inside their car, using a forklift. He then goes to make a call and the driver has a clear shot at him out the driver's side window. Fortunately for MacGyver, the driver forgets to use the gun he was firing at MacGyver a few minutes earlier.