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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]
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