Two St. Petersburg police officers were killed in a shootout this morning in St. Petersburg, FL. A US Marshall was wounded in the shootout and he is in stable condition. The incident occurred at a house on 28th Ave South in St. Petersburg, FL at about 7 AM this morning. The shootout occurred during a joint operation between the St. Petersburg police and the US Marshall seeking out information on a suspect. Both St. Petersburg policemen were married, but their names have not yet been releases. Hydra lacy Jr. is now named as the suspect in this shooting. Authorities were trying to arrest Hydra Lacy Jr. on an aggravated battery charge this morning.
The US Marshall and the St. Petersburg policemen arrived at the suspect Hydra Lacy Jr.’s house around 7AM this morning to look for information on the suspect. They talked to the Hydra Lacy’s girlfriend (who we found out was actually his wife) informed them Hydra was in the attic. The US Marshall and the St. Petersburg policemen went to confront the suspect when he surprised them. The suspect grabbed one of the St. Petersburg policemen’s guns and shot him to death. The other policeman was killed in the shootout and the US Marshall wounded. The policemen were rushed to Bayfront Medical center where they were both pronounced dead. The US Marshall is at Bayfront Medical Center in stable condition
The SWAT team came to the house, tore a hole in the house and rescued the St Petersburg police officer who was pronounced dead at the hospital. It was first believed the US Marshall was the police officer stuck in the house, but it was the second St. Petersburg policeman that was killed in the shootout. This information has not yet been confirmed. The suspect, Hydra Lacy Jr. was still in the attic shooting. More than one hundred shots were shot in the incident. Hydra Lacy Jr. told the police that he was not going back to prison. The suspect last shot his gun at 10:30 AM. The SWAT, St. Petersburg police, The FBI and the US Marshall Office are working together to bring Hydra Lacy Jr. to justice. They said they would get him even if they have to completely tear the house apart.
It is not known is Hydra Lacy Jr. is dead or alive. He has not shot his gun for the past hour and a half. The St. Petersburg police are considering him still armed and dangerous. They are considering the suspect to be alive and are sending robots into the house. The two St. Petersburg police officers killed in this shooting are the first St. Petersburg killed in action in the past ten years.
Authorities confirmed Hydra Lacy Jr. is the suspect and is the brother of boxer Jeff Lacy. Hydra Lacy Jr. has a past arrest record including grand theft auto, aggravated assault and resisting arrest and is a registered sex offender. Hydra Lacy Jr. is 6’4″ tall and weighs 295 pounds. Lacy is 39 years old and spent fifteen years in jail for his crimes. Hydra Lacy Jr. did not want to go back to jail and this morning became a very dangerous man and a police murderer.
More information about the two St. Petersburg who were killed in a shootout this morning in St. Petersburg will be released later this afternoon. News will be updated at that time.
Update: The suspect Hydra Lacy Jr. was found dead inside the house by St. Petersburg Police officers this afternoon. It is not known yet whether Hydra Lacy Jr. killed himself or succumbed to one of the many bullets that were shot at him during the shootout. The St. Petersburg police officers names have not been released yet to respect their families. Their names will be officially released later this afternoon. Condolences go out to all their family and friends during this horrible tragedy.
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