Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Public safety

St. Petersburg officer fires shot at armed suspect

ST. PETERSBURG — An officer shot at, but did not hit, a man Sunday night after police say he pointed what turned out to be a pellet gun at them.

St. Petersburg police gave the following account: Officers were called to 155 Fifth Ave. S about 6:49 p.m. on a report of a fight. A man there told officers that another man, later identified as Shawn J. Culberson, 47, had "sucker punched" him in the face. The men had a disagreement over a woman.

The man directed officers to Culberson's home, 144 Delmar Terrace S, near University of South Florida's St. Petersburg dormitories. As officers approached, Culberson appeared in the doorway with a gun and pointed it at them, police said.

Officer Jonathan Reeves, 27, fired once at Culberson, who was not hit and retreated into his house. Culberson came out later and gave up. He was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

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