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'War On Cops' Continues: Third St. Pete Officer Killed

'War On Cops' Continues: Third St. Pete Officer Killed

Tampa Bay Tribune via YellowBrix

February 22, 2011

ST. PETERSBURG – A 25-year police veteran of the St. Petersburg Police Department was fatally shot by a man at Second Avenue South and Eighth Street South on Monday night, officials said.

A search for the shooter is ongoing this morning in the Campbell Park area, near Tropicana Field, police said. Schools in the vicinity have been closed and students are being relocated to other campuses, authorities said.

Police identified the slain officer as David S. Crawford. The 46-year-old officer became the third St. Petersburg police officer to be shot and killed in the line of duty in less than a month.

“This killer has taken someone precious to us – a member of our family,” Police Chief Chuck Harmon said early this morning during a news conference outside the hospital.

“I’m not going to lie. The city has been through hell,” Mayor Bill Foster said. “It took 30 years to lose an officer in the line of duty, and within 30 days, it’s happened again. I can tell you cities don’t prepare for this; departments don’t prepare for this.”

Shortly after 10:30 p.m. Monday, Crawford was shot multiple times in the chest at close range. He returned fire but it’s not known whether he hit the suspect, Harmon said. Police did not say whether Crawford was wearing a bulletproof vest.

Flowers began to appear at police headquarters just after dawn, much as they did after the Jan. 24 slayings of Sgt. Thomas Baitinger and Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz, the first St. Petersburg officers killed in the line of duty since 1980.

One woman wearing a black T-shirt that pays tribute to Baitinger and Yaslowitz dropped off flowers shortly after sunrise at police headquarters, where the flag was already at half-staff.

She declined to give her name but said her brother was a police officer. She said he was off at the time of the shooting but was called in to help hunt for the killer.

“It’s horrible,” she said. “My mom wants him to get off the force.”

The card with the flowers she left reads simply, “Because we care.”

In the lobby of police headquarters, framed color photographs of Baitinger and Yaslowitz still sit on a table below a plaque honoring those killed in the line of duty. Their names have not yet been added to the plaque.

Michael Ponce de Leon was a witness to the aftermath of the shooting.

“Everybody was screaming,” he told BayNews 9. "All the cops were like, ‘No, not again.’

“Blood was everywhere. He (Crawford) was basically mumbling. I don’t know if he was in agony or pain; I couldn’t make it out.”

Ponce de Leon said he yelled at the downed officer to keep him conscious.

Josh Harris, 21, lives nearby on Third Avenue South and was walking along Grey Eagle Court to a convenience store when he heard shots.

He said he heard four consecutive shots, a pause and then two more.

He said he saw the suspect fleeing the area, running south on Eighth Street, and then spotted Crawford on the ground, lying on his back. Blood was everywhere, he said.

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    OlympicJoy

    over 3 years ago

    374 Comments

    Rest in peace. Prayers for your loved ones.

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    uncledennis1

    over 3 years ago

    23312 Comments

    R.I.P. Brother. This must stop.

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    RLW

    over 3 years ago

    292 Comments

    Rip Brother, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family,Your brothers and sisters at Pasco FOP Lodge 29

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    badb0y1

    over 3 years ago

    8 Comments

    RIP Brother, When is it gong to end. JUDGES, POLITICIANS take note, what if all law enforcement officers took the day off at the same time, who is gonna protect your precious cities then?......just a thought.

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    bkgreer

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    rest in peace brother. prayers out to family and co workers.

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    DiamondsnPearls

    over 3 years ago

    3028 Comments

    RIP

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    tbailes182

    over 3 years ago

    540 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family, friends, and loved ones.

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    CIVPOL

    over 3 years ago

    182 Comments

    What you bet he was a HABITUAL CRIMINAL???!!! It will NEVER STOP UNTIL MURDERERS GET THEIR DUE WITHIN THE SAME SIX MONTHS OF A CRIME AND THEY ARE PUT TO DEATH WITH SPEED!!
    God BLESS the fallen officer and his family!!

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    MACK2014

    over 3 years ago

    168 Comments

    RIP BROTHER......... WE'LL CARRY ON FROM HERE, WILE YOU AND OUR OTHER BROTHERS AND SISTERS GUARD THE GATES OF HEAVEN .

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    RIP.

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    bpd320

    over 3 years ago

    42 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Crawford, Our prayers are with your Family and Department, Thankyou for your service

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    USLawman1983

    over 3 years ago

    1572 Comments

    My Lord, way too many of our brothers and sisters going down.
    Be hyper-vigilant out there but not paranoid.
    Remember complacency and denial are the enemies.
    Train hard and train often.

    ~ RIP beloved brother ~

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    Irishcop1961

    over 3 years ago

    50914 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Crawford. Thank you for your service.

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    Inxorte

    over 3 years ago

    734 Comments

    RIPB

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    janus41

    over 3 years ago

    378 Comments

    Rest in peace brothers. Between the politicians laying off police and the criminals who are having the urge to kill police officers, i dont know who is worse. But if u criminals think you take on the police, then bring it!!!!

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