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Prosecutors: St. Petersburg officer justified in killing of 7-Eleven robbery suspect

ST. PETERSBURG — An undercover detective who killed an armed robbery suspect outside a 7-Eleven this month was justified in his use of deadly force, prosecutors said Wednesday.

The Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office concluded that the officer justifiably shot and killed Lamont Burgess, 36, outside the store on Nov. 6.

Police said Burgess, of St. Petersburg, and 20-year-old Ebony Oliver walked into the 7-Eleven at Fourth Street and 62nd Avenue N at about 1 a.m. armed with a knife and shotgun. They threatened the two clerks, and left with the store with cash.

An undercover officer, in the area for an unrelated surveillance operation, spotted them robbing the store. Officers converged on the scene and confronted the pair as they left.

The State Attorney's Office says Burgess, leveled the shotgun at the officer, who then shot him. Burgess died at the scene. Oliver was found hiding under a car and now faces a felony murder charge.

The officer, 33, will remain on administrative duty while St. Petersburg police conduct their own investigation into whether he followed department policy. His name was not released because of his undercover status. He has been involved with one other shooting during an eight-year career at the agency.

Prosecutors: St. Petersburg officer justified in killing of 7-Eleven robbery suspect 11/28/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 9:11pm]
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