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St. Petersburg officers cleared in shooting of man who fired at them first

A report says that earlier that night, Kerr told the mother of his children he knew he was going to die.

A report says that earlier that night, Kerr told the mother of his children he knew he was going to die.

ST. PETERSBURG — The Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office has cleared four officers who shot and killed a St. Petersburg man last month, after the man fired at them first.

In fact, Jason Michael Kerr, 31, continued firing at officers even after he had been hit, according to the report from State Attorney Bernie McCabe.

The incident on Oct. 17 began with Kerr waving a handgun and frightening customers inside two businesses on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street S: the Snax food mart and Hungry Baba's restaurant.

Soon after, officers stopped Kerr as he was driving a car nearby. According to McCabe's report, Kerr drew his .45-caliber handgun.

"The suspect immediately began to shoot at the officers," the report says. Officers fired at him, and "the suspect continued to shoot at the officers despite being injured by the gunfire."

The report goes on to say that earlier in the night, Kerr had called the mother of his two children "to tell her he was going to die tonight. Kerr told her that he had no hope."

The four officers who were cleared in the case are Matthew Laliberte, Scott Kirpan, Mark Kruzell and Matthew Stringfellow.

The Police Department is continuing its own investigation.

St. Petersburg officers cleared in shooting of man who fired at them first 11/08/13 [Last modified: Friday, November 8, 2013 11:54pm]
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