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Increasingly, suspects use violent force against police

Here are incidents in which suspects used violence against Tampa Bay law enforcement officers in 2011, according to a review of Times files:

Jan. 22 — Hillsborough Deputies Jason Santiago, Savana Kelly and David Kennedy exchanged gunfire with Osmar Sebasco, 39, fatally wounding him as he shot at them and his fleeing wife.

Jan. 24 — Fugitive Hydra Lacy Jr. feigned surrender while hiding in an attic, then sparked a long gun battle that left St. Petersburg K-9 Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz and Sgt. Thomas Baitinger dead and U.S. Deputy Marshal Scott Ley wounded. Lacy, 39, was found dead after the shoot-out.

Jan. 30 — Pinellas Cpl. Scott Matthews and Deputies Scott Reid and William Hartigan fatally shot 54-year-old Edward Sliger after he intentionally rammed a pick-up and a sheriff's cruiser. His family said he was suicidal and addicted to pain pills.

Jan. 31 — Tampa police pulled over Pedro Quiles, 26, for driving erratically. But police said Quiles fought with Officer William Cain and tried to take his gun. Officer Scott Savitt then fatally shot Quiles.

Feb. 5 — Robert Fiske, 64, was arrested on eight counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer after being accused of shooting at a Hillsborough SWAT team.

Feb. 17 — During a New Port Richey traffic stop, officers saw 29-year-old Jason Wilson reach for a gun. He fired one shot at a sergeant before being killed by Pasco Deputy Paul Downey and New Port Richey Officer Anthony Pedrero.

Feb. 21 — St. Petersburg Officer David Crawford was fatally shot while trying to question a 16-year-old prowling suspect, according to police, when Nicholas Lindsey surprised Crawford with a gun.

March 4 — Two undercover Hernando sheriff's detectives sitting in their parked cruisers were fired at in a drive-by shooting. No one was hurt; 19-year-old Ricardo Soto of Port Richey was arrested.

April 5 — Pinellas Schools Police Officer Kenneth Fridlund was stabbed by a 13-year-old student at Carwise Middle School who then tried to take his weapon. The officer held onto his gun and the student until help arrived. The student also brought gasoline bombs to school.

April 13 — Evelio Rodriguez, 20, was resisting arrest when authorities said he pinned Hillsborough Deputy Christina Ammons to the ground and stole Deputy Desirae Penrose's Taser. Penrose shot and wounded him as he was about to use her Taser, the agency said.

April 21 — Seminole Tribe Officer Daniel McGillicuddy shot and wounded 24-year-old Jonathan Bestoso after police said he stole a golf cart at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and knocked the officer down with it.

April 25 — Hillsborough deputies said bank robbery suspect Thomas Noettl, 30, was handcuffed and cooperating with them when he suddenly pulled out a kitchen knife. Detective Charles Boswell shot and wounded Noettl.

May 10 — Pasco Deputy Ashley Grady broke her leg after being thrown from the vehicle of a drunken driving suspect who escaped from the back of her cruiser. The driver, 21-year-old Brittany Miles, is later accused of killing a motorcyclist. Grady was later suspended for violating regulations.

May 16 — Private Security Officer Mathew Little, 26, was shot and killed as he walked the beat at a St. Petersburg apartment complex, police said. Bradley Bolden, 20, was arrested 24 hours later.

May 26 — Federal fugitive William Jimmy Page Jr., 39, was shot and killed by officers in St. Petersburg after brandishing a gun at them, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

June 21 — Accused stalker Richard Williams, 28, was being arrested when authorities said he tried to pull Pinellas Deputy Perry Warner's gun from its holster. After a Taser didn't work, Deputies Dimetria Spanolios and William Kenna then shot and killed Williams.

June 28 — Edward DiGrandi of Ohio barged into his ex-wife's Palm Harbor home with a gun, then later aimed it at Pinellas deputies when they pulled him over. The 73-year-old was shot dead by Deputies Jeff Crandall, Robert Wojciechowski and Kris Fratus.

June 30 — Nicholas Pesare, 18, told his mother he would force officers to kill him, according to Largo police. When Pesare came at them with a knife, Largo Officer James Shinn missed with his Taser and Pesare was shot and killed by Officer Nathaniel Hansmann.

July 3 — During a high-speed pursuit, Hernando Deputy John Mecklenburg lost control of his cruiser, struck a tree and was fatally injured. Michael Anthony, 35, was charged in his death.

July 12 — Depressed and suicidal, Umberto Ferrara, 74, shot himself and then turned the gun on a Tampa officer, police said. Tampa Officer Dan Evers shot Ferrera, who later died.

July 25 — Bradley Gaus, 26, was suicidal when he grabbed a machete and chased a Pinellas deputy around his cruiser, authorities said. "You are going to have to shoot me," Gaus told the deputy. Sgt. Christopher Metro then shot and wounded Gaus.

Aug. 2 — Zephyrhills Officer Kevin Widner's police cruiser was hit by gunfire while he pursued the Dougherty siblings. The sister and her two brothers were captured weeks later after another chase and shoot-out with Colorado police.

Aug. 6 — Three Pasco deputies who entered a New Port Richey home to question a burglary suspect were fired on and return fire. Christos Marangos, 30, was later found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot.

Aug. 16 — Burglary suspect Jacob Munt, 25, of Orlando, was accused of ramming two Plant City police cars with a stolen car. He was shot and wounded by Plant City Officers John Stasiak and Steve Carmack and then captured after police punctured his tires.

Aug. 24 — Tampa police shot Carlos Laboy, 26, the suspect in the shooting of a convenience store owner. Laboy was shot by an officer who thought he was reaching for a weapon, but the suspect was unarmed.

Sept. 20 — Four Tampa police exchanged gunfire with a mentally unstable man who barricaded himself in a home, police said. Greg Hutchenson, 45, had stopped taking his medication and was shot and wounded. "You better be vested up," he reportedly told officers.

Sept. 26 — St. Petersburg Police Officer Ruben DeJesus struggled with Jared Speakman, 18, after seeing a gun sticking out of his pants, according to police. The two struggled for the weapon, but the officer said he lost hold of it to the teen. DeJesus then fatally shot Speakman. The shooting is still under investigation.

Sept. 27 — Hernando deputies were serving a search warrant in a murder investigation when they said Brett Hattenbrun, 61, threw a flaming Molotov cocktail at them and fired a nail gun. Detective Bryan Faulkingham shot and injured the suspect, who was arrested.

Sept. 30 — Hillsborough Deputy Lyonelle De Veaux was shot three times at close range after answering a domestic violence call. She survived and a SWAT team later arrested Matt Buendia, 24.

Increasingly, suspects use violent force against police 10/07/11 [Last modified: Friday, October 7, 2011 7:48pm]
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