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Update: Standoff Suspect Dies After Killing Two Officers

Update: Standoff Suspect Dies After Killing Two Officers

St. Petersburg Police Chief Chuck Harmon talks on a cell phone as he walks from the scene where a U.S. Marshal and two St. Petersburg police officers were shot while trying to serve an arrest warrant Monday, Jan. 24, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Fla. [AP]

Associated Press

January 24, 2011

Updated: Monday, January 24 @ 1549 ST. PETERSBURG – Two St. Petersburg police officers and a gunman were fatally shot to death and a U.S. marshal was injured early Monday in gunfire that broke out as police tried to serve a domestic battery warrant at a St. Petersburg home.

“Our community has suffered a loss today,’’ St. Petersburg police Chief Chuck Harmon said during a somber press conference with Mayor Bill Foster outside Bayfront Medical Center.

Suncoast Benevolent Association President Mark Marland confirmed the fallen officers as Tom Baitinger and Jeffrey Yaslowitz.

By Monday afternoon, police were able to enter the home where the shooting happened. They confirmed the shooter, Hydra Lacy Jr., was also dead.

The St. Petersburg officers became the first killed during service since 1980. Harmon said the wives of both were notified and "in shock.’’ One of the officers had children.

A group of five St. Petersburg police officers stood around a cruiser outside Yaslowitz’s home in northwest Hillsborough County. Some in uniform, some not, all looked grief stricken. Sgt. David Barr, who supervised Yaslowitz’s unit and was in his police vehicle further down the road, said the officers needed time before speaking about their colleague, but called him "the best.’’

The officers were shot Monday morning after approaching a home where Lacy was being served a U.S. Marshal’s warrant through a fugitive task force.

A marshal who responded to the scene also was shot and is expected to survive.

The shooting took place at 3734 28th Ave. S, in the Perry Bayview neighborhood. Authorities were serving the warrant for Lacy, a known sex offender, according to records.

Officers arrived at the home to interview Lacy’s girlfriend at 7 a.m. When it became clear the suspect was in the attic and armed, more officers arrived and gunfire ensued.

An officer and marshal were hit first when they tried to arrest Lacy, Puetz said. Later, police attempted a rescue in which they pulled the marshal out and that’s when one of the rescuers was fatally shot.

That officer was eventually taken from inside the house and transported to the hospital. He was accompanied by a surgeon.


“It doesn’t look good,’’ Harmon said shortly after the last officer was taken away.

At least six Florida police officers have been killed by gunmen since June – two in Tampa, two in Miami last week, and now two in St. Petersburg.

As Harmon told a group of reporters that the two officers shot dead were married, Foster looked down to the ground. He grimaced and closed his eyes tight as tears streamed down his cheek. He grabbed a tissue from his pocket, took off his glasses and wiped his face.

After the news conference, he told a reporter: "I’m not doing very well. Not very well at all.’’

At about noon, Foster went into another building at the hospital, saying he would talk more at the 4 p.m. news conference at the police station.

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    Sheepdog1

    over 3 years ago

    480 Comments

    RIP brother

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    Sheepdog1

    over 3 years ago

    480 Comments

    RIP brother

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    milcop

    over 3 years ago

    762 Comments

    RIP My Brother

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    batman2944

    over 3 years ago

    738 Comments

    Here we go again.....Rest in Peace, Brothers and God Bless!

    "Stay in the Fight"

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    maverick823

    over 3 years ago

    766 Comments

    RIP Brothers

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    Straightshooter

    over 3 years ago

    1708 Comments

    Rest In Peace. My Prayers for your Family, friends and coworkers.

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    Inxorte

    over 3 years ago

    734 Comments

    RIPB s

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    Sonicfd3

    over 3 years ago

    10 Comments

    Hey MRP202. You are correct i was not on the scene. But common sense would tell any plain uniformed officer that going up a one way entrance into an attic after an armed offender is not good sound tactics. If these guys were SWAT team guys then thats a different story they are specially trained and equipped for this stuff.
    I mean i had a argument with one younger guy that works with me the other day about a simple traffic stop , he made a stop on a 2 lane rd about 200 ft from a hill crest..cars had to pass him to go around and that caused them to go into oncoming lane. All i said was cant you get on your pa system and tell the guy to pull off the next side street up instead of screwing up the whole rd ( common sense ) . Well he was all pissed , i said hey bro just looking out for you. You dont want some good advice you go explain to the boss why you caused an accident , got run over, or some one hits your patrol unit.
    Come on if you dont see this stuff everyday then i dont know where you work. All im saying is slow down and use sound judgement. CASHDAWG644 is absolutely right and his comment followed mine.
    The loss of the 2 officers is a shame and horrible , but at the same time it also has a lesson attached and we should learn from that lesson.

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    jdynomit

    over 3 years ago

    212 Comments

    Rest in Peace brothers in Blue. May the angels in Heaven watch over your family and friends.

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    djs2v

    over 3 years ago

    5628 Comments

    RIP brothers

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    CITYPATROL1099

    over 3 years ago

    332 Comments

    Rest in Peace, Brothers. We will take it from here.

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    WACollector

    over 3 years ago

    764 Comments

    Rest In Peace, Brothers.

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    thors45

    over 3 years ago

    400 Comments

    Every day thousands of women and men get up, strap on a piece and go to work. Work that the public forgets is everyday arduous, often inconvenient and always damn dangerous. Rest in peace guys.

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    Book_Em_Mandie

    over 3 years ago

    6746 Comments

    Rest In Peace Brothers.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    Sorry I have to say somthing to Sonicfd3, you were NOT on scene..Being a cop yourself ....DON'T second guess any Officer.

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