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Man points gun at police, is shot by officer

ST. PETERSBURG — A police officer shot a man Sunday night after he pointed a gun at officers responding to a domestic dispute call.

St. Petersburg police received a call from an alarm company around 9 p.m. about a woman who had been heard screaming, authorities said.

Police said the woman may have pushed a panic button on the alarm system in the home at 6528 12th St. N.

When officers arrived, they found a "very emotional" woman in the front yard, said St. Petersburg police spokesman Bill Doniel. The woman said her husband was suicidal.

"She told officers they were having an argument and that he wanted to kill himself," Doniel said.

Then the husband came to the door of the home, gun in hand and pointed it at officers in the front yard.

A sergeant, whose name was not released, fired several shots at the man, who collapsed on the front porch.

He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with serious injuries, said Doniel. He was in surgery late Sunday. No other injuries were reported.

Neighbor Lisa Rummel said she was eating dinner when she heard gunshots.

"I had the windows open and I heard three shots — bam, bam, bam," said Rummel, 44.

Authorities did not release the wounded man's name, but described him as Hispanic and in his 40s.

As is standard procedure, the sergeant will be reassigned while the shooting is investigated, Doniel said.

Rita Farlow can be reached at or (727) 445-4162.

Man points gun at police, is shot by officer 11/17/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 8:55am]
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