Saturday, January 20, 2018
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St. Petersburg police name officers who shot, killed man

ST. PETERSBURG — The three officers who shot and killed a man on his front porch early Monday were named Tuesday morning by the St. Petersburg Police Department. One of the officers was new.

Justin Morales, 25, became a police officer on June 24, Nicolo Mangiaracina, 34, joined the department in 2009 and Michael Romano, 32, started as an officer in 2007.

Ronald Wesley Sexton, 23, died at the scene. His encounter with police was brief after a neighbor called 911 around 1:30 a.m. to say Sexton was armed and boisterous.

The three officers came to Sexton's home at 4412 10th Ave. N and told him to get on the ground. He pulled a black semiautomatic handgun from his pocket and pointed it at one of the officers, according to police reports. The officers shot him, and he died on the front porch.

Sexton's girlfriend and their 10-year-old son were home at the time of the shooting, the report said.

The three officers are on paid administrative leave, as is standard policy, while the department's internal affairs unit conducts an investigation, police spokesman Bill Proffitt said.

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