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Florida Officer Fatally Shot, Manhunt Continues

February 22, 2011  | 

St. Petersburg (Fla.) PD's Officer David Crawford. Photo courtesy of SPPD.

St. Petersburg (Fla.) Police Officer David Crawford was fatally shot Monday evening in a residential neighborhood, prompting a massive search by six law enforcement agencies.

More than 200 law enforcement officers cordoned off the area, going door to door, knocking at homes, businesses and cheap hotels in search of Officer Crawford's killer, reports the Tampa Tribune.

The incident began when Officer David Crawford and Officer Donald J. Ziglar responded to a suspcious-person call at the 700 block of Third Avenue South at 10:34 p.m. Monday. A resident had reported a man holding a broken brick and walking in the rear yard of the resident's home, according to the agency.

After locating the man near the southwest corner of the intersection of Second Avenue South and Eighth Street South, Officer Crawford parked his cruiser, exited the vehicle and approached the man.

At 10:37 p.m., Officer Ziglar reported an exchange of gunfire and officer down to dispatch. Officer Ziglar found Officer Crawford laying on the pavement near his cruiser with multiple gunshot wounds at close range.

The suspect fled on foot, as police units converged on the scene. Schools in the area were closed for the day.

The officer had been with the force for 25 years. He is survived by a wife and a 24-year-old daughter. The duty death is the third for the agency in less than a month, following the duty deaths of Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz and Sgt. Tom Baitinger while serving a high-risk warrant in late January.


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Comments (4)

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Bart Ellison @ 2/22/2011 6:53 PM

When is enough ? Here is an officer who gave 25 years of his life to protect and serve, to have his life taken away,in a moment. His family now has to try and move on, how?

LT.EWOK @ 2/23/2011 12:24 AM

Long gone are those days when people respected police officers as protectors and friends of the community! At this point and time now it is open season on each and every law enforcement officer on or off duty with no regard for human life. What has gone wrong? I want to express that officer safety is paramont. I,m not going to second guess what occured between Officer Crawford and this offender who has no respect for L.E.O.'s. May Officer David Crawford rest in peace and may the Lord watch and keep his family strong and faithful, God Bless them for there lost and now the hunt is on for this P.O.S.who did this. This cannot be tolerated anymore.

Rick Bonneau @ 2/23/2011 4:50 AM

My heart goes out to the Family and Law Enforcement Community. It just goes to show that none of us are immune. Whether it is the rookie on the beat or a seasoned vereran. We live in a different world today where human life has no apparent value to many. I would love to see Federal Laws demanding capital punishment for anyone who knowingly and intentionally takes the life of a law enforcement officer. The good Lord will take us when he is ready to and there is nothing we can do about that. We certainly don't have to like or embrace it. RIP Officer Crawford and though there will be no words of comfort for his family God Bless you all. Now let's all work together to bring this trigger happy crack addict to justice.

Kyle in Waco @ 2/23/2011 6:34 AM

May God rest his soul, and may his family turn their pain to our Father in Heaven. Thank you, Mrs. Crawford for your husband's service, and for the family which has paid the ultimate sacrifice. <><

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