ST. PETERSBURG — An internal review has cleared a St. Petersburg police detective who fatally shot a convenience store robber in November.
The review board led by Police Chief Chuck Harmon found that the undercover detective, whose name was withheld by police, was justified in firing his weapon at Lamont Burgess, 36.
At the time of the incident, detectives had been investigating a string of commercial burglaries on Fourth Street N. One plainclothes detective was watching from a distance Nov. 6 when a man and a woman, both dressed in black, approached a 7-Eleven at 6161 Fourth St. N shortly after 1 a.m.
Burgess, the taller of the pair, wore a mask and held a shotgun as his accomplice, later identified as Ebony Oliver, 20, held a knife to the throat of a cashier, police said.
The detective pulled up to the front of the store just as the robbers were leaving with cash. He turned on his emergency lights and identified himself as Burgess and Oliver ran in different directions, records state.
After refusing several orders to stop, Burgess pointed the shotgun toward the detective.
The detective, "in fear for his life and the lives of others," fired several rounds at Burgess, fatally wounding him, records state.
Oliver was soon found hiding under a Jeep, police said. She was charged with armed robbery and murder.
The shooting review board determined that the detective's use of his firearm was justified. A review by the State Attorney's Office had reached a similar conclusion in November.