ST. PETERSBURG — Police officials have determined that three officers were justified when they shot and killed an armed man on Labor Day.
St. Petersburg police Officers Nicolo Mangiaracina, Michael Romano and Justin Morales also were cleared by an investigation by the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office.
At about 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 2, a neighbor told police that Ronald Sexton, 23, of St. Petersburg had pulled a gun and was beating on his door. Police said Sexton, who had been drinking, was taunting the neighbor and the neighbor's pit bull.
When officers arrived at Sexton's home, 4412 10th Ave. N, they told him to get on the ground. He began to comply, then pulled a gun and pointed it at an officer.
All three officers fired their guns, totaling 17 shots.