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Two Police Officers killed US Marshall wounded in Tampa St. Petersburg Florida

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posted on Jan, 24 2011 @ 10:37 AM

Two Officers killed US Marshall wounded in Tampa St. Petersburg

St. PETERSBURG - Two police officers were fatally shot while executing a search warrant at a home in the 3700 block of 28th Avenue South in St. Petersburg this morning. A U.S. Marshal involved in the operation was also shot and is in stable condition.
According to Chief Chuck Harmon, the marshals went to the home to serve a warrant for aggravated battery, and when a woman answered the door, she told the officers that the suspect they were looking for was in the attic.
The suspect was confronted and gunfire was exchanged, according to police.
FOX 13 has confirmed that the suspect's name
(visit the link for the full news article)

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posted on Jan, 24 2011 @ 10:37 AM
This is just breaking the wires. The police are still in a standoff with the guy.

This is yet more to add to the shootings yesterday in port orange washington, and detroit police precint shooting.

This time we have two officers confirmed dead and a US marshal is wounded in the hospital.

I will be updating as more news comes to hand.

This guy is in his attic right now baracading himself in.

He is surrounded. Still shooting back and forth, hundreds of shots fired.

We kind of know the outcome already, it is not going to end good for this guy, nor should it.

Will he turn himself in? Or suicide by cop?

This is the first time St. Pete has lost any officers.

You can watch live coverage
(visit the link for the full news article)

posted on Jan, 24 2011 @ 10:48 AM
reply to post by hillynilly

It's getting freaky out there..
Shootings and bombs daily...

posted on Jan, 24 2011 @ 10:53 AM
While this guy sounds like a pretty bad guy, I have to wonder if the tides are turning and the populace is no longer accepting authoritarian rule? I have a lot of friends in law enforcement, and I don't want to see any of them get hurt, but I am also staunchly against these late night raids and sealed warrants that have become too common.

They did not need a U.S. Marshall to serve a Domestic Battery warrant, so there is something more going on here.

posted on Jan, 24 2011 @ 10:57 AM
reply to post by getreadyalready

Knew you would be interested in this one from florida.

Just was going to pm you. Your quick.

That is what I was wondering, why the marshall was there?

I do not believe this was a federal warrant...

The local is covering this non-stop right now, still do not know why they had a marshall unless they needed to transport him across county lines?

posted on Jan, 24 2011 @ 11:02 AM
reply to post by hillynilly

I would guess the battery warrant was just a foot in the door type of thing. Perhaps they needed locals to pick him up on this warrant, and then an immediate flip to the Feds for some other reason.

Things escalated an awful lot for it to be a simple domestic battery. A criminal would know the difference and not risk the death penalty in Florida fighting cops over such a menial charge.

There is definitely more to the story. Wanted as a Federal Hostile Witness, or suspected of something in another jurisdiction, but had to be in custody first, or something. If he is killed in the shootout, then we will probably never know, but if they apprehend him, then I bet he doesn't stay in Florida more than a day or two. The Marshall is there for a reason.

Maybe he was in Witness Protection, got a new girlfriend, and beat her up?

posted on Jan, 24 2011 @ 11:19 AM
reply to post by getreadyalready

They are reporting it was his wife that called him in this morning...

He missed court a few weeks ago, he was going to court,
you pinned it,
for aggrevated assault on HER.

He came back home yesterday, or the day before.
She was scared he was going to kill her.

She finally broke down and called 911.

When the cops and marshall showed up he hid in the attic, and she let them know he was hiding in the attic.

Shoot out pursued...

Maybe this guy was on his third strike felony?

Something on that lines.

He has had multiple charges... GTA, he is a registered sex offender for rape. I'm sure there is more that is all I caught so far.
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posted on Jan, 24 2011 @ 11:19 AM
Things are becoming to violent.... to many good people trying to do there job are dying..

there are areas where i live you just don't feel safe unless you are armed to defend your self..... i don't want my son growing up in this kind of world.... i guess we will never truly be a peaceful society.

as things get worse people protect your family and be safe

posted on Jan, 24 2011 @ 11:28 AM
reply to post by hillynilly

Ya, he sounds like a pretty bad guy, I certainly don't want to equate him with some others that were victims of overzealous police force. This is one of those cases where the police maybe should have used MORE force. If they knew of his violent history, and the wife was afraid for her life, maybe 2 officers and an "observor" marshall were not enough? Hindsight.

Do you remember the case in Okaloosa and Bay counties a year or two ago? There is a good thread on ATS about it. Guy was wanted on a Domestic Battery, they decided to serve the warrant at a gun range of all places, Two officers approached him with weapons drawn, he managed to pull his weapon and kill them both with no injury to himself, then he fled and was pursued, they wrecked his truck, he kicked out the back window and managed to wound more officers before they finally killed him. It sounded like a Jason Bourne scene on the news and in the papers up here!

Links to the older story from 2009

Other Link

Two deputies killed by a soldier they were trying arrest for beating his wife exchanged multiple rounds with the man who began shooting while on the ground after he was shocked with a stun gun, authorities said Sunday, a day after the men were killed.
"When that Taser released after five seconds, he came up shooting," Interim Okaloosa County Sheriff Edward Spooner said.

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posted on Jan, 24 2011 @ 11:33 AM
U.S. Marshalls are usually called to help serve warrants when its a vop. From what I've heard this guy has had a long rap sheet. This isnt some raid in the middle of the night, its 3 cops that are going to a known felons house who also happens to not be a small guy (6'4" and 295lbs) which is needed if things get out of hand.

If there are any boxing fans out there he just so happens to be Jeff Lacy's brother.

posted on Jan, 24 2011 @ 11:40 AM
Damn. It's really not been a good month for the police.

posted on Jan, 24 2011 @ 11:41 AM

posted on Jan, 24 2011 @ 11:48 AM
I just read somewhere while searching for that other story that Florida ranked 4th in the country for 2010 in police officer deaths. I think we have to be number 1 so far in 2011. I lost a friend of the family in Orlando just a few weeks ago. Routine traffic stop, and next thing you know he was dead. Another cop trying to use his tazer instead of his gun. We need to outlaw those things. They are either used unnecessarily, or they are used when a real gun would have been better. Either way someone unnecessarily gets hurt. I say go back to the real guns. Each situation either calls for force or it doesn't, but there is no in between. In my humble opinion of course.

posted on Jan, 24 2011 @ 11:50 AM
reply to post by dizzie56

I'm a boxing fan, never heard of him though.

They were reporting that the family is widely known in that area.

I did not know why or what for.

Seems like a bad situation all around..

No more shots are being fired, he is contained in the attic, they do not know if he is dead,
they are NOW taking all pre-cautions *taking it slow* police chief said they do not want anyone else to get hurt.

The schools are all locked down in the area.
This guy might or might NOT be dead.

Don't you think they could just throw a grenade in there or something?

I would not call that excessive force at this point..

Sure there is police brutality, sure some cops are bad,
Sometimes they loose their cool, and no one likes getting a ticket.

Most people look up to cops, most people still believe the majority is good.
Most people respect cops not because they have to, but because they
do sometimes have to get out of the doughnut shop, and actually have to get
rapist, women beaters, thieves, ect. ect. even if they do not show up until after the crime
atleast you know that all bad guys get caught at somepoint or end up dead by their own doing.
The true criminals will not be able to sleep at night easy because they always know
the 5-0 could be coming at anytime, and it is usually justified..

A taser is good for a unarmed meth addict with 8 mens strength.
I think tasers might have saved a few lives in certain situations.
Taken a few, the one cop in oakland said he thought he pulled his taser
it was his gun the unarmed homeless man shot dead.
Then where getready explained the cop got killed because he pulled the taser INSTEAD of the gun.
More tools more things can go wrong. More tools, more options...
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posted on Jan, 24 2011 @ 11:51 AM
reply to post by getreadyalready

You are number 1 so far this year. Not a great place to be.

You can search by year and it has breakdowns by state and stuff. We had a local GA trooper shot and killed here New Years Eve.

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posted on Jan, 24 2011 @ 11:54 AM
reply to post by ~Lucidity

Thanks for the link! It must lag a little, I see at least 2 missing from Florida, not counting today. But, unfortunately we are still #1 on that list even without the missing ones.

posted on Jan, 24 2011 @ 12:15 PM
What strange things going on as of late huh? It would be my luck though considering me and the family are going to St Pete beach next month and with the recent news of the gps random blackouts on the southeast area I am starting to wonder if this trip is going to be cursed with unusual bad weather now too? But as for the article here I am going to guess he wants suicide by cop because thats pretty much what he set himself up for with opening fire on law enforcement in my opinion.

posted on Jan, 24 2011 @ 12:18 PM
reply to post by dizzie56

That's very sad more life's ruined for no reason, condolences to the family's.

I find it extremely odd that only two LEO's and one Marshall would show up to arrest a known (very lrg) felon for aggravated batt. This guy has been arrested for sexual assault, kidnapping, grand theft, etc.... spent 18 yrs behind bars, is a registered sex offender and you show up with two cops and a Marshall? I don't want to take anything away from the loss of life or start ANY sort of political ##, please. I just find this some what ignorant on the part of the Police Dept.. My town would have had a swat team and a lot of backup on this guy if they knew they were going to arrest someone with a record like him. Anyone else see some thing wrong with this picture? Please, let's keep it civil, innocent lifes have been lost.

posted on Jan, 24 2011 @ 01:27 PM
reply to post by hillynilly

Lets hear how all cops are badguys again. I feel so sorry for them and their families.

posted on Jan, 24 2011 @ 02:34 PM
reply to post by mydarkpassenger

I didn't say that all cops are bad guys.

The body was found in the attic.

This guy is toasted.

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