Detective shoots, kills armed robber during 7-Eleven robbery

2:37 PM, Nov 6, 2012   |    comments
  • Shotgun used in robbery of 7-Eleven store on 4th Street N.
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- An undercover detective investigating a rash of robberies shot and killed an armed man who had just robbed a local 7-Eleven store.

Investigators say around 1 a.m. on Nov. 6, St. Pete Crime Analysis, Surveillance and Enforcement detectives were monitoring the area of 62nd Avenue N and 4th Street N due to a rash of recent commercial burglaries. 

During the surveillance, one of the detectives witnessed a man --armed with a shotgun -- and woman rob two clerks at the 7-Eleven in the 6100 4th Street North. The pair took an undisclosed amount of money and ran out the front door. They then ran to the alley behind the store.

The detective notified other units in the area and they responded to the scene. A second CASE detective confronted the pair in the alley and fired several rounds at the man while he was armed with the shotgun. The man, later identified as 36-year-old Lamont Burgess, died at the scene. The shotgun fell to the ground next to him.

His accomplice, 20-year-old Ebony Oliver, was treated at the a local hospital for a minor K-9 bite and is now in police custody. She is being charged with Felony Murder and Armed Robbery.

A vehicle, detectives say they believe was their get-away car, fled the scene after the shooting. The make and model of that car has not been released at this time.

Detectives say they believe the pair had been staying at a nearby hotel before the robbery. They are still trying to identify the hotel.

The detective who shot Burgess has been placed on administrative leave while the St. Petersburg Police Department conducts a criminal investigation, along with the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office. The department's Internal Affairs Unit is also conducting an administrative investigation, which is standard procedure.

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