Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Federal fugitive shot and killed in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — A federal fugitive was shot dead Thursday evening after authorities said he pulled a gun on a team of officers trying to arrest him.

He is from Birmingham, Ala., and was wanted for violating his federal supervised release on a sex offense, said the U.S. Marshals Service. The fugitive's identity was not released.

About 5:45 p.m., a task force made up of several deputy U.S. marshals and two Tampa police officers went to arrest the man at his garage apartment behind 3824 Queen St., said Pete Cajigal, an assistant chief for the Marshals Service.

When the fugitive pulled a weapon, Cajigal said, two deputy U.S. marshals and a Tampa police officer opened fire.

The fugitive died at the scene, said St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue Lt. Joel Granata.

Officers from local agencies are often assigned to the federal task force.

St. Petersburg officers police cordoned off streets around the neighborhood.

A deputy U.S. marshal suffered minor injuries, Cajigal said, and was treated and released at a hospital.

None of the officers who fired their weapons was identified. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.

Thursday's fatal encounter comes four months after a deadly shootout involving the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force in St. Petersburg.

On Jan. 24, a team of task force investigators wanted to speak with Christine Lacy to find out where her fugitive husband Hydra Lacy Jr. was.

They discovered that Lacy was hiding in the attic. A gunbattle ensued when officers went to the attic to arrest Lacy. Lacy killed St. Petersburg Officer Jeffrey A. Yaslowitz and wounded Deputy U.S. Marshal Scott Ley.

Lacy then killed st. Petersburg police Sgt. Thomas J. Baitinger as he tried to rescue the others. Lacy was found shot dead hours later.

Asked if the marshals have adjusted their tactics since that incident, Cajigal said: "We exercise caution in every investigation that we encounter."

Marie Osborne, who lives across from the shooting scene, said she saw a long line of officers with rifles, helmets and ballistic shields.

Then she heard 10 shots fired in rapid succession.

"I had no idea someone like that was living here," said Osborne, 49. "On weekends this is like a ghost town."

Luis Perez can be reached at (727)892-2271 or [email protected]

Federal fugitive shot and killed in St. Petersburg 05/26/11 [Last modified: Friday, May 27, 2011 12:27am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Tampa Bay small businesses give Tampa B+ for regulatory climate

    Corporate

    In a recent survey about small business sentiments toward state and local government policies that affect them, Tampa Bay ranked at No. 25 out of 80 — a B+ overall.

    Tampa Bay ranked No. 25 out of 80 in a recent survey about how small business owners feel about state and local government policies that affect them. | [Times file photo]
  2. Dirk Koetter to Bucs: Take your complaints to someone who can help

    Bucs

    TAMPA — It was just another day of aching bellies at One Save Face.

    Dirk Koetter: “All of our issues are self-inflicted right now.”
  3. Seminole Heights murders: fear and warnings, but no answers

    Crime

    TAMPA — Interim Tampa police Chief Brian Dugan elicited loud gasps from the crowd of about 400 who showed up at Edison Elementary School on Monday night to learn more about the string of unsolved killings that have left the southeast Seminole Heights neighborhood gripped by fear.

    Kimberly Overman, left, comforts Angelique Dupree, center, as she spoke about the death of her nephew Benjamin Mitchell, 22, last week in Seminole Heights. The Tampa Police Department held a town hall meeting Monday night where concerned residents hoped to learn more about the investigation into the three shooting deaths over 11 days in southeast Seminole Heights. But police could give the crowd at Edison Elementary School few answers. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
  4. Juvenile justice reform seen as help for teen car theft problem

    Crime

    ST. PETERSBURG — One of Tampa Bay's largest religious organizations has decided to make reforming the juvenile justice system one of its top priorities for next year.

    One of Tampa Bay's largest religious organizations, Faith & Action for Strength Together (FAST), voted Monday night to make reforming the juvenile justice system one of its top priorities for next year. FAST believes civil citations could help Pinellas County?€™s teen car theft epidemic by keeping children out of the juvenile justice system for minor offenses. [ZACHARY T. SAMPSON  |  Times]
  5. U.S. general lays out Niger attack details; questions remain (w/video)

    War

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Special Forces unit ambushed by Islamic militants in Niger didn't call for help until an hour into their first contact with the enemy, the top U.S. general said Monday, as he tried to clear up some of the murky details of the assault that killed four American troops and has triggered a nasty …

    Gen. Joseph Dunford said much is still unclear about the ambush.