[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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  • by Ed Location: Tallahassee on Feb 23, 2011 at 10:03 AM
    @Quincy...You started in the military (enlisted?) at 28 grand a year? The sugar has certainly gotten sweeter since my 11Bravo youth!!
  • by Rick Location: Tallahassee on Feb 23, 2011 at 09:53 AM
    For Chuck; It doesn't seem like the parents have any common sense to me let alone care about their child in the first place Their teenage son was prowling and armed with a fire arm. Plus, the kid has a prior criminal history.
  • by Chuck Location: Tally on Feb 23, 2011 at 07:21 AM
    At least the parents seem to have a bit of common sense.
  • by Rick Location: Tallahassee on Feb 23, 2011 at 06:00 AM
    A 16 year old boy with a prior criminal history who is prowling and shoots the officer at close range. Then he cries when he is caught. Poor little baby! He should go to jail for life and his parent(s) should be charged with criminal neglect.
  • by shadow on Feb 23, 2011 at 04:07 AM
    Officers are going to have to start thinking "officer safety first" It is better to be tried by 12 then carried by 6. Rest in Peace.
  • by Bolillo Location: Wakulla on Feb 23, 2011 at 03:53 AM
    Anon\anybody - the next time you get pulled over and approached by a LEO, let him see your hands with your thumbs locked around the TOP of the steering wheel and your D.L.'s, registration, and proof of insurance visibly tucked in your fingers, & your mouth shut; I will give you a 75% chance you drive away w\o a citation.
  • by Quincy Location: Jackson on Feb 22, 2011 at 09:43 PM
    This is such as terrible tragedy that no Officer deserves! My fiance is an officer and everyday I hope and pray for her safe return home. This man had a family and did not deserve this. He was simply doing his job, which unfortunately resulted in his early departure from his earthly home. Officers are underpaid, overlooked, overworked and sought after everyday. This is terrible, especially in some of the smaller agencies where the starting annual pay for a new officer is only $31,000. Imagine that $31,000 to go out and play with death each day. In my eyes and I'm sure in so many others too, Police Officers and Infantry personnel serving in the military should be the highest compensated professions in the world. These men and women display a great amount of courgage, bravery and integrity in carrying out their lawful and sworn duties by protecting and serving the communities, which they work. RIP Officer. And to the family, "be strong, God is still in control!"
  • by terri Location: perri on Feb 22, 2011 at 02:40 PM
    all in a honest days work.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2011 at 12:23 PM
    I guess this means i gotta keep my hands in plain sight and not make any sudden movements if i get pulled over for a traffic violation. This type of news would make any officer uneasy
  • by anon Location: tally on Feb 22, 2011 at 09:15 AM
    I think they need to cut into entitlements/welfare to get the money to pay these guys more.
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