ST. PETERSBURG — A man who police were arresting on a domestic violence charge Sunday told officers he wished he had been the one who killed three city officers last year, arrest reports state.
Police encountered Demetrius L. Walker, 37, on Sunday night when they were called to a domestic call at an apartment at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street and 18th Avenue S, according to an arrest affidavit.
Walker's ex-girlfriend told authorities he had struck her several times in the head. A witness also saw the attack, police said, and the woman had visible injuries.
Walker, police said, began cursing, spitting and kicking at the officers taking him into custody.
He repeatedly threatened to kill the officers and their families, and at one point said, "I wish I was the one who killed the three of you guys," reports state.
Last year, the city lost three police officers in the line of duty. A teen who shot to death one of the officers was sentenced to life in prison; a man who killed the other two officers was shot and killed by police.
While in the back of the police cruiser, Walker also banged his head and feet against the door panels and partition, doing more than $1,000 worth of damage, a report said.
Walker faces several charges, including criminal mischief, battery and assault on a law enforcement officer, burglary with battery, resisting with violence, corruption by threatening a public servant and violating probation from a previous felony battery case.
Public records show Walker was released from prison July 8 for a felony battery charge.
He remained in the Pinellas County Jail without bail Monday.