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He was killed while trying to break up a fight. Now St. Pete police need your help.

The St. Petersburg police ask anyone with information about the shooting death of Jermaine Cummings on Sunday to contact them. Investigators believe Cummings was trying to break up a fight when he was shot. Detectives ask anyone with information to call them at (727) 893-7780 or text SPPD plus the information to TIP-411. [St. Petersburg Police Department]
Published May 13

ST. PETERSBURG — Police need the public's help solve the murder of a 38-year-old man who was shot and killed on Sunday.

Jermaine Cummings was trying to break up a fight when he was fatally shot, police said. The incident took place at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday along the 1700 block of 29th Street S.

Cummings was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Police believe there were several witnesses to the shooting, but many ran from the scene when gunshots were fired.

Detectives ask anyone with information to call them at (727) 893-7780 or text SPPD plus the information to TIP-411.

Crimestoppers is also offering a $3,000 reward in this case. Anyone who wishes to be eligible for the reward and remain anonymous can call Crimestoppers at 1–800–873–8477, send an anonymous tip online using, or send a tip with a smartphone using the P3 Tips Mobile application.


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