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Slain St. Petersburg Officer

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Third cop killed in my area in a month.
ST. PETERSBURG --
For the third time in 30 days, a St. Petersburg police officer has been killed in the line of duty.

St. Petersburg Officer David S. Crawford was shot late Monday night after responding to a call in downtown St. Petersburg. He later died at Bayfront Medical Center. He was 46.

The shooting happened on Second Avenue South at Eighth Street South.

Police said a citizen reported a "suspicious person" at 10:30 p.m. The caller said they saw a man with a brick and thought he was going to break into something.

Two officers, Crawford and Ofc. Donald Ziglar were dispatched to the scene. They arrived at 10:34 p.m. A few minutes after that, Ziglar reported shots had been fired and said an officer was down. Ziglar was not injured. Crawford, a 25-year veteran, had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.
Police Chief: Officer shot "multiple times"

At a press conference held at 2:15 a.m., Police Chief Chuck Harmon said the officer was shot "multiple times at close range" and returned fire. Harmon said it was unknown if the suspect was injured.

Harmon did not address if Crawford was wearing a bullet-proof vest.

St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster paused before he spoke at the press conference.

"I'm not going to lie. This city has been through hell. It took 30 years to lose an officer in the line of duty. And within 30 days it happened. Again," he said. "Cities don't prepare for this. Departments don't prepare for this. But what I can assure the citizens of St. Petersburg is that the officers prepare for this every day."

Ofc. Crawford is survived by his wife, Donna and a 24-year-old daughter, Amanda.
Active suspect search under way

Police are still looking for the suspect, described as a black male, between 18 and 20 years old, wearing a black hoodie. The suspect was last seen jumping over a fence.

"We have a killer on the loose," Harmon said.

Officers have been searching by air and ground for the suspect, with close to 200 officers participating in a search area bounded by Fourth Street S and 16th Street S and Fourth Avenue S and 15th Avenue S.

Officers stationed also have been at nearby interstate entrances and exits.

"I have teams out there tonight looking for evil," Foster said. "I've got other teams throughout the city, protecting the city and they'll be there again tomorrow. And they'll be out day in and day out protecting our city."

Law enforcement agencies from around the Bay area are joining forces with the St. Petersburg Police Department to search for the suspect.

Police officials, who moved their command center to Tropicana Field, were meeting later Tuesday morning to decide if the perimeter would be lifted.
Residents heard gunshots

A resident near the scene described hearing gunshots. Roland Murphy took video with his cell phone. He said the gunfire only lasted a few seconds.

"I was laying down in bed and I heard some gunshots," Murphy said. "I kinda jumped out of bed."

Murphy took the video about a minute after hearing the gunshots. The video shows police cars and sirens can be heard nearby.

"The chopper's around flying over this area. Looks like there's just a large police presence. Everything's caution-taped off," Murphy said. "We got police presence from about 4th or 5th Ave. South on 8th Street all the way up as far north as I can see on Central."

Another resident, who lives nearby, also described a chaotic scene after hearing gunshots.

"I turned and looked out the window," said Matt Douglas. "As soon as we looked up the road towards the police station we saw an entire line of flashing lights were coming down, immediately splitting to adjacent streets as they got down here and surrounding the area."
Two officers killed last month

The St. Petersburg Police Department just lost two of their own last month. Tom Baitinger, 48, and Jeffrey Yaslowitz, 39 were killed in the line of duty in a gunfight with a man hiding in an attic.

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Old 02-22-2011, 02:40 PM
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Re: Slain St. Petersburg Officer

This guy prob wasn't wearing his vest as he should have been. 25 years on the force and now your dead. That's crazy. RIP

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Old 02-22-2011, 04:14 PM
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Re: Slain St. Petersburg Officer

Funny name for a guy from St.Petersburg, also the streetnames sound strange.

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The shooter was a 16 year old animal.

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Funny name for a guy from St.Petersburg, also the streetnames sound strange.
Saint Petersburg, Florida. Not Russia.

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Scumbag little shit. You know they will find him.

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They just did
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ST. PETERSBURG --

Nearly 24 hours after a St. Petersburg officer was gunned down, police announced an arrest late Tuesday night.

At an 11 p.m. news conference, Police Chief Chuck Harmon identified the suspect as 16-year-old Nicholas Lindsey in the murder of St. Petersburg Officer David Crawford.

Harmon said three tips led to the suspect's arrest. Police say Lindsey gave "several accounts" of the story before confessing. Officers say he was not injured in the shooting.

"When he did make the admissions on tape for us, at the end of the day, it was quite apparent that he was remorseful of his actions. He cried," Harmon said.

Officers say Lindsey was brought in voluntarily on his own with his parents' permission. Police say his parents have been cooperative.

Police are investigating how the teen got a gun and why he felt the need to use deadly force.

"Obviously, there was a struggle and exchange of gunfire," Harmon said. "We're still working on why that happened. All I can tell you at this point is he was initially part of the original call that we were responding to."

Mayor Bill Foster said a teen plus a gun is a deadly combination.

"The 16 year old in possession of a handgun with a demeanor that he could use it on a police officer is just a very dangerous combo," Foster said.

Harmon said it's a hard situation.

"Even though this is a 16-year-old kid we're discussing," Harmon said, "he still murdered a police officer."

Lindsey faces first-degree murder charges. He is being held in the Juvenile Detention Center at the Pinellas County Jail. He will make his first appearance at 8:30 a.m.

Harmon said Lindsey has prior arrests in his record but "nothing violent" and they were "mostly property crimes."

Foster said he hopes the healing process can begin now.

"We knew that this person had to be brought to custody, so that we could start the healing process. So, we can do that now with the department as a family and with the community," he said. "This is a terrible tragedy and one that the community will feel for a very long time."
Background on shooting and massive search

More than 200 law enforcement officers have been searching by air and ground for the gunman since Monday night, when Ofc. Crawford was shot on Second Avenue South at Eighth Street South.

Police said a citizen reported a "suspicious person" at 10:30 p.m. The caller said they saw a man with a brick and thought he was going to break into something.

Two officers, Crawford and Ofc. Donald Ziglar were dispatched to the scene. They arrived at 10:34 p.m. A few minutes after that, Ziglar reported shots had been fired and said an officer was down. Ziglar was not injured.

Crawford, a 25-year veteran, who was not wearing a bulletproof vest, suffered multiple gunshot wounds. He later died at Bayfront Medical Center.

A reward totaling $100,000 has been posted in the case. Harmon said he couldn't speculate whether money motivated the tipsters.

"I hope it gave some incentive," he said, "but you also hope on the other side people would do the right thing and turn them in."

Crawford was the third St. Petersburg Police Department officer to die this year, something that even stunned Gov. Rick Scott, who visited the command center at Tropicana Field.

"He was stunned," Foster said, "but no more stunned than anyone that lives in the community. St Pete's a great community and we are a safe community."

Tom Baitinger, 48, and Jeffrey Yaslowitz, 39 were killed in the line of duty in a gunfight with a man hiding in an attic last month.

Public memorials have been set up for all three slain officers in the lobby of police headquarters at 1300 First Avenue North.

No funeral arrangements have been made public yet for Ofc. Crawford
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Thanks for the info, Hill. That kids never gonna see the light of day again and with good reason. I can't imagine spending the rest of my life in prison at such a young age or period.

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Your welcome. The only smart thing the kid did was to turn himself in. He was a dead man walking.

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Old 02-23-2011, 04:32 PM
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These young men hang with the wrong crowd and throw there lives away oh well i hope he rots in prison this man didnt deserve to die like that im totally disgusted with these young black teens today

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