Boxer Jeff Lacy feels "truly sorry" and deeply sad over the shooting that took the lives of two police officers and his brother Hydra Lacy, he said in an interview with Rock Riley of Bright House Sports Network.
"Knowing that my brother created this suffering and trying to understand why he acted this way has left me with one of the saddest moments of my life," Lacy said in the interview, his first since the Monday shootings.
Lacy also said, "I just want to send my deepest sympathy to the families and loved ones of Sgt. Thomas Baitinger and Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz. I am truly sorry for your loss and cannot imagine the anger and pain you are feeling."
Lacy, a former super middleweight titleholder, had left town over the weekend for a scheduled surgery and plans to return to St. Petersburg when cleared by doctors to fly, Riley said.
Riley said he has known Lacy for seven or eight years. He said Lacy was in tears when they spoke. Lacy was not only feeling sad for the officers who were killed, but also dealing with the loss of his brother.
Riley asked Lacy if he had tried to reach his brother during the ordeal. "My brother did have a phone. He did not try to reach me." He said he tried reaching his brother but was unable to.
Asked if there was any way to prevent the shooting, Lacy said he didn't have enough information to know for sure. "My first reaction is probably like many others. That this should not have happened, but again, I am not in any position to comment on such a devastating loss."