Thursday, January 18, 2018
Public safety

St. Pete officers justified in fatal shooting, state attorney says

ST. PETERSBURG — Two police officers were justified in fatally shooting an armed man last month, an investigation by the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office found.

On July 16, a 39-year-old man wanted for attempted murder pointed a handgun at three police officers outside of his parents' house, 4240 14th Ave. S. The suspect and St. Petersburg officers Brian Burton and Joseph Heer fired at each other at the same time.

The suspect, Carlos Crompton, was pronounced dead soon after arriving at the hospital.

"The actions of Crompton were such that Officers Burton and Heer had every reason to be justifiably in fear for their own lives as well as the lives of their fellow officers," wrote State Attorney Bernie McCabe in a letter to police Chief Chuck Harmon.

Earlier that night, Crompton shot his ex-girlfriend, 21-year-old Alyssa Dudley, three times at her apartment. Crompton then went to his parents' house, where he was living, and reloaded his gun.

When police arrived at the house, Crompton walked up to his car and pulled the gun out of the driver's side, ignoring commands to stop moving, show his hands and drop the gun.

Burton and Heer, both 29, remain on administrative duty while the police department conducts an internal affairs investigation, which is routine.

When the investigation is complete, Harmon will convene a Shooting Review Board to determine whether Burton and Heer followed department policy.

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