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Man, 40, shot by St. Pete cop remains in critical condition

The officer, Sean Thompson, was placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure.
A man armed with a “large knife,” pictured on the left, was shot and critically wounded by an officer in a confrontation that unfolded Tuesday on a pedestrian bridge overlooking Interstate 275, according to St. Petersburg police. [Times | St. Petersburg Police Department]
A man armed with a “large knife,” pictured on the left, was shot and critically wounded by an officer in a confrontation that unfolded Tuesday on a pedestrian bridge overlooking Interstate 275, according to St. Petersburg police. [Times | St. Petersburg Police Department]
Published Dec. 4, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG — A 40-year-old man shot by a St. Petersburg police officer remained in critical condition Wednesday.

Police also identified Wednesday the officer who shot Thong Hoot Bouphanh as Sean Thompson. He was placed on paid administrative leave — standard procedure after an officer-involved shooting. Bouphanh is facing two felony counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

Thompson, who was hired as a police officer in 2008, shot Bouphanh on Tuesday afternoon at the top of a pedestrian bridge that crosses Interstate 275 at 27th Avenue N, according to police. A neighbor saw Bouphanh walking around with a 10-inch knife and called police at 12:55 p.m.

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Officers arrived and saw Bouphanh on the bridge and cordoned him off, police said. They called in hostage negotiators to talk to him, but he didn’t seem to understand. Officers then called in a Spanish-speaking negotiator in case he didn’t speak English.

About 45 minutes after officers arrived, Bouphanh “aggressively advanced” toward them, still holding the knife, according to police. He ignored orders to stop, police said. Officers tried to stop him using a shotgun to fire a pepper-spray round and bean-bag round.

When those methods didn’t work, Thompson fired his gun.

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