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Police identify women in Tuesday night police shooting

From left: Julie Goodson and Wendy Ott.

St. Petersburg Police Department

From left: Julie Goodson and Wendy Ott.

ST. PETERSBURG — A woman police say was poised to stab another woman with a large barbecue fork as she held her down was shot and killed by two St. Petersburg officers last night.

Julie Kristin Goodson, in her forties, was shot at least twice as she stood over Wendy Lynne Ott, 44, and reared back with a large BBQ fork "as if she were about to plunge it into Ott's upper body," according to a police statement. Ott was taken to Bayfront Medical Center for non-life threatening wounds, police said.

At 8:07 p.m., police received a 911 call from Ott's house at 5237 Second Ave. N before the home phone was hung up. When dispatchers called back, they heard "crashing sounds, people yelling, and the sounds of someone in distress," police said.

A police sergeant and several officers went to the house and heard a fight inside, they said. The officers forced their way through the locked door, where they found Goodson holding Ott down on the kitchen floor.

Goodson was holding the fork to Ott's throat, police said, and threatening to hurt her. The sergeant told Goodson to put down the fork. Instead, Goodson lifted the fork back as if to stab Ott, police said. That's when the sergeant and an officer fired, hitting Goodson in the upper body. She died at the scene.

A neighbor described the women as quiet and friendly and was shocked there was a shooting in the quiet, tree-canopied neighborhood of Live Oak.

"I heard four shots last night,'' said Rita Bruno, who lives alone with her golden retriever two doors from the home. The neighborhood is so quiet she assumed the shots she heard were from TV.

Bruno said she moved there in 2001 and that Ott and Goodson moved into a house two houses down about a year later. "They seemed real nice,'' she said. "They've never been in a fight that I'm aware of.''

This morning a police car guarded the home, where crime scene tape kept the curious away. A computer desk sat on the curb in front of the house.

Ott was treated for wounds to her left hand, left ear and neck. Police said the two women "were involved in a personal relationship" but gave no further details. According to public records, Goodson got into an accident in 2002 in a car Ott owned.

Goodson lived in an apartment at 3267 39th St. S, less than three miles from the shooting. She was identified by police as being 40 Tuesday night, though Pinellas voting records list her age as 42.

Neither woman had a criminal history, according to public records.

Ott is a licensed clinical social worker and a graduate of the University of Mississippi, records show.

At one point she was a case manager for adult mental health services at Directions for Mental Health, and was once recognized for outstanding performance by the state.

The officers involved in the shooting have not been identified. The sergeant, 57, became an officer 15 years ago. The officer, 37, joined the force in 2007. Their names will be released later today.

A Shooting Review Board, to be convened by Police Chief Charles "Chuck" Harmon, will investigate the incident as required by state law. The Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office also will investigate.

Police identify women in Tuesday night police shooting 02/11/09 [Last modified: Friday, February 13, 2009 8:52am]
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