Police: Man dead after confronting car thieves

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

News Release:Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Police say a St. Petersburg man is dead after confronting two men trying to steal a car from his driveway.

According to investigators, 53-year-old Floyd Lassiter got into a physical altercation with one of the thieves Saturday at about 1:30 a.m.

One of the suspects shot Lassiter multiple times in the upper torso and both then fled on foot.

The victim was taken to Bayfront Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.

Police say Lassiter's home had been burglarized earlier in May and the keys to his cars stolen.

No suspects have been identified and the investigation is ongoing.

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