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Reports of officers down in St. Pete (FL)

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  1. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Rpt: Dead Officer's Body Used as 'Bait' by FL Cops' Killer 25, 2011
    St. Petersburg, Florida


    Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe ruled the January 24th death of Hydra Lacy Jr. "justifiable homicide."

    Lacy died from wounds inflicted by a barrage of gunfire unleashed by St. Petersburg police officers rescuing K9 Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz. The officer was already dead, but according to the report, his body was moved to the opening of an attic and used as "bait" to lure other officers into rescue attempts.
    Sgt. Tom Baitinger was killed during the first rescue attempt, shot with bullets from Lacy's 9mm Luger and the fallen officer's Glock. Deputy U.S. Marshall Scott Ley was also shot and wounded at the same time as Yaslowitz, but fell through the attic scuttle to the ground floor and was rescued by other officers.

    After receiving McCabe's letter, St. Petersburg Police Chief Chuck Harmon said, "They did it right," referring to Yaslowitz' and Ley's attempts to locate and arrest Lacy in the tight confines of an attic.

    "The misperception that some officer stuck his head up in an attic and got shot -- that's not what happened," Harmon told a news conference, "They used equipment, they used techniques."

    The chief and the prosecutor's report claim Lacey was located at the far end of the attic and said he was surrendering, complying with Yaslowitz's commands. Then he suddenly produced a 9mm Luger and shot the K9 officer twice in the face. Deputy Ley tased Lacy but was also injured.

    According to the report, Lacy quickly moved the dead officer's body next to the attic opening and secured it with wire and duct work.
    "To have the thought or the forethought to tie an officer virtually up and hang him as bait from an attic entrance is, I don't know how to explain that, I can't even imagine that somebody would think that way but that's what happened," Harmon added.

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    In the Line of Duty - Rpt: Dead Officer's Body Used as 'Bait' by FL Cops' Killer
  2. Hush

    Hush Moderator Staff Member

    Horrifying, dig that motherfucker up and shoot him again.

    The Taser definitely seems like the wrong tool to have in your hand when confronting this guy. I understand he was in the attic hiding and seemingly submitting before he turned violent, but the report states he was tazed repeatedly.
  3. TacEntry

    TacEntry MassCops Member

    This PD has taken it hard, god bless all the St. Pete Officers.

    Be ever vigilant out there boys and girls, these animals don't value human life.

    Police Officer David S. Crawford
    St. Petersburg Police Department

    End of Watch: Monday, February 21, 2011
    Biographical Info
    Age: 46
    Tour of Duty: 25 years
    Badge Number: Not available
    Incident Details
    Cause of Death: Gunfire
    Date of Incident: Monday, February 21, 2011
    Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
    Suspect Info: In custody
    Police Officer David Crawford was shot and killed after responding to a report of a suspicious person.

    At approximately 10:30 pm, Officer Crawford and another officer responded to a report of a suspicious person in the 700 block of 3rd Avenue after a citizen observed a male walking through his backyard with a broken brick in his hand. Officer Crawford canvassed the area and found the subject near the southwest corner of 2nd Avenue S and 8th Street S. He parked his patrol car and approached the male.

    At some point during the encounter there was an exchange of gunfire and Officer Crawford was shot and wounded. He was not wearing his vest at the time. He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center where he died from his wounds.

    The suspect fled and after a 24-hour search, a 16-year-old male was arrested and charged with first degree murder.

    Officer Crawford had served with the St. Petersburg Police Department for 25 years. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

    Agency Contact Information
    St. Petersburg Police Department
    1300 First Avenue North

    ...And the kid was SO promising...

    Suspect arrested in slaying of St. Petersburg police Officer David Crawford - St. Petersburg Times
  4. Hush

    Hush Moderator Staff Member

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