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Officer slightly injured by gunfire during St. Petersburg drug raid

St. Petersburg police Officer Jason Deary, shown working July 1, was shot in the line of duty Wednesday night.

DIRK SHADD | Times

St. Petersburg police Officer Jason Deary, shown working July 1, was shot in the line of duty Wednesday night.

ST. PETERSBURG — Kelvin Jackson was fed up with the neighbors across the street. He said he's seen them firing AK-47 semiautomatic rifles into the air. He once "had words" with them because he said they harassed one of his daughters.

Now the neighbors are gone, carted off to jail Wednesday night — but not before St. Petersburg police said one of them shot and slightly injured an officer raiding the alleged drug house.

Officer Jason C. Deary, 37, was grazed in the upper left leg by one of two bullets that police said pierced the front door of 962 19th Ave. S as the tactical and control team stormed inside at 8:21 p.m.

"They are very dangerous people," said Jackson, 26, of his former neighbors, who are now in the Pinellas County Jail.

The heavily armed and heavily armored team was serving a search warrant obtained, police said, after narcotics detectives determined that drugs were being sold from the house.

Three men were arrested, and two are brothers: Darryl Eugene McKinnie, 25, and Emanuel Kwamane McKinnie, 18, face numerous drug and weapons charges.

The raid, gunfire and arrests took just seconds, according to police spokesman Bill Proffitt, but officers subdued the men without returning fire. Here's the department's account:

"Police! Search warrant!" the officers screamed as they approached the house. But Emanuel McKinnie had already seen them through the front door, which was ajar. He closed it.

Officer Deary used a battering ram to get in. Officer Matthew Toomey held another breaching tool.

As Deary used the ram, police said, Darryl McKinnie fired two rounds from a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson semiautomatic handgun.

The bullet's velocity was slowed after passing through drywall, brick and the door, police said. It didn't pierce Deary's skin. He said he felt it slam against the back of his upper thigh.

No one else on the entry team, though, heard the gunfire amid all the shouting and chaos. They headed inside.

The team commander, a sergeant, knew there was gunfire but ordered the rest of the team inside to back them up. Inside, police said Darryl McKinnie ran deeper into the house and fired two more rounds. Then he dropped the weapon, police said, but put up a fight as officers handcuffed him. His brother also was arrested.

The third arrest was made when police said Kevin Maurice Waters Jr., 22, tried to escape on foot through the alley. He was charged with resisting an officer without violence.

Darryl McKinnie was arrested on two counts of attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer and charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana, cocaine and MDMA, also known as ecstasy. Emanuel McKinnie was arrested on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of cocaine, marijuana and MDMA.

Officers said they found small amounts of crack cocaine, powder cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy inside the house. They also said they seized three semiautomatic handguns and one revolver.

Deary, 37, has been on the force for 12 years. The bullet left a large welt on his leg, police said, and he was treated and released from a hospital that night. Toomey, 32, has been with the department for six years.

Waters was released from jail Wednesday on his own recognizance. Darryl McKinnie was being held Thursday without bail. Emanuel McKinnie was being held in lieu of $30,500 bail.

Officer slightly injured by gunfire during St. Petersburg drug raid 08/05/10 [Last modified: Thursday, August 5, 2010 11:08pm]
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