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St. Petersburg officers cleared by department in summer shooting

ST. PETERSBURG — Two police officers who killed a man after he shot his ex-girlfriend in the head this summer are headed back to the streets.

Police Chief Chuck Harmon has determined Officers Brian Burton and Joseph Heer were justified in the July 16 death of Carlos Crompton, 39.

That day, Crompton went to his former girlfriend Alyssa Dudley's home and shot her three times then fled to a relative's home. He fired at officers who arrived on scene. Burton and Heer fired back, killing Crompton.

Dudley, who is 21, was hit twice in the head. She survived and is making a slow recovery.

The Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office already had cleared the officers of any criminal wrongdoing in August, but an internal police investigation was only recently completed.

Burton, 29, and Heer, 28, will now be able to return to their regular jobs. They'd been on administrative duty since the shooting, as is standard procedure in fatal officer-involved shootings.

St. Petersburg officers cleared by department in summer shooting 09/26/13 [Last modified: Thursday, September 26, 2013 4:19pm]

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