[UPDATE] St. Petersburg Police Officer Killed in Shooting

By: AP; AG Release
By: AP; AG Release

UPDATE 2-23 10:20am -- ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) --

A 16-year-old who is accused of killing a St. Petersburg police officer made his first appearance in court Wednesday, Feb. 23 and was ordered held without bail.

Officer David Crawford was shot multiple times Monday night
while investigating a report of a prowler in a neighborhood just
south of Tropicana Field where the Tampa Bay Rays play baseball.
Crawford was the third St. Petersburg officer to die in the line of
duty in the last month.

Police identify the suspect as Nicholas Lindsey. He was arrested
late Tuesday following an intense manhunt.

A court spokesman says Lindsey's father made a tearful apology
to the community while in the courtroom during the hearing
Wednesday.

Prosecutors will determine whether to charge the teen as an
adult.

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UPDATE 2-22 --

St. Peteresburg, FL (AP) - Authorities say they've arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of a St. Petersburg, Fla., police officer.

Officer David Crawford was shot Monday night while investigating a report of a prowler in a neighborhood just south of Tropicana Field -- where the Tampa Bay Rays play baseball.

Officials say Crawford was shot multiple times at close range. He is the third St. Petersburg officer killed in the line of duty in the past month.

Police did not immediately give the suspect's name. But
authorities say they were planning to release that information at a
news conference later Tuesday night.

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UPDATE 2-22 --

Statement from Governor Rick Scott Regarding St. Petersburg Police Officer David Crawford

“Early this morning I learned that St. Petersburg police officer David S. Crawford was fatally shot while investigating a report of a suspicious person on Monday night. I am appalled by this terrible tragedy – the third of its kind in St. Petersburg this year and the sixth statewide.

“My deepest thoughts and prayers are with the family and colleagues of Officer Crawford, as well as the police men and women who continue their pursuit of the suspect who committed this terrible crime.

“I hope that all Floridians will join me in extending our gratitude for Officer Crawford’s 25 years of service, and all of those law enforcement officers who work to keep us safe each day.”

[UPDATE] 2-22 10am -- TALLAHASSEE, FL -

Attorney General Pam Bondi today issued the following statement after the heartbreaking death of a St. Petersburg police officer who was killed in the line of duty:

“It is with great sadness that we are grieving yet another officer, whose life was taken while protecting the citizens of this state,” said Attorney General Bondi. “My sincere condolences go to the families and colleagues of Officer David Crawford. Officer Crawford will always be remembered for his exceptional dedication to his community.”

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) --

A manhunt is under way for the person who shot and killed a St. Petersburg police officer -- the third officer to be gunned down in the line of duty in less than a month.

Police say the shooting happened after two officers were called
to a neighborhood just south of Tropicana Field -- where the Tampa
Bay Rays play baseball -- around 10:30 last night. They were there
to investigate a report of a suspicious person who may have been a
prowler.

Police say 46-year-old Officer David Crawford was found lying on
the pavement near his cruiser after an exchange of gunfire.

He had been shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at
Bayfront Medical Center. He had been with the force for 25 years.


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