St. Petersburg Shooting: Police officers Tom Baitinger and Jeffrey Yaslowitz shot and killed, U.S. Marshals agent injured; body of Hydra Lacy found shot in home

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  • Hydra Lacy
  • An armed officer on the scene of a St. Petersburg shooting last month that left two officers and the suspect dead.
  • Authorities demolished much of the house to search for the man believed to have shot and killed two police officers.
  • Mourners leave flowers at St. Pete Police headquarters.
    
Sgt. Tom Baitinger (left) and Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz (right)
Remembering Officers Tom Baitinger and Jeffrey Yaslowitz 

-- Read the tragic story of the two officers killed in the line of duty
-- Photo Gallery: Two St. Pete Police officers shot and killed
-- More Pictures: Funerals of Officers Yaslowitz and Baitinger
-- Leave your message for the fallen officers' families here

 

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-- Wife of fallen officer tells her story
-- Police dog will likely stay with officer's family
-- Fundraisers for fallen officers

 

More on Hydra Lacy:
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-- Shooter had long criminal record
-- Hydra Lacy's wife: I'm so sorry
-- Accused cop killer used officer's gun

 

Additional Coverage:
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-- Senator: Officers' deaths should not prompt tougher gun laws
-- Mayor says he decided to knock down home
-- St. Pete Police in shock over officers' deaths
-- Boxer reached out to Jeff Lacy after shooting
-- Economy making high-risk warrants more dangerous?
-- Seffner man to release doves at officers' funerals
-- St. Petersburg's History of Fallen Officers

 

 

St. Petersburg, Florida -- Officers from all over, along with everyday citizens, came from near and far to pay their respects and say goodbye to the two men who gave their lives to protect us all.

People had no problem waiting in the long line that stretched out and around First Baptist Church.  Mayor Bill Foster even said, "There was easily thousands of people here, and tomorrow promises to be even more impressive."

UPDATE: Road closures and programming changes

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Earlier Coverage:

St. Petersburg, Florida -- Two St. Petersburg Police officers have been shot and killed, and an agent with the U.S. Marshals Service has been injured in the city's south side.

Photo Gallery: Pictures from the scene of the shooting

Police Chief Chuck Harmon confirmed both officers died from their injuries, while the U.S. Marshal is in stable condition.

The fallen officers have been identified as Sgt. Tom Baitinger and Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz. The name of the marshal has not been released at this time.

Leave your condolences for the fallen police officers

St. Petersburg Police spokesman Bill Proffitt tells 10 News the body of the suspect has been removed from the house. The suspect is believed to be 39-year-old Hydra Lacy, but authorities have not yet made a positive identification.

Sky 10 video shows much of the house has been demolished by authorities in their search for the suspect.  An empty stretcher can also be seen outside the home.

Police say they came to the home searching for Hydra Lacy on the 3700 block of 28th Avenue South shortly before 8 a.m.  Lacy is reportedly the brother of championship boxer Jeff Lacy.

Fundraisers for fallen officers

Police say the shooting happened as St. Petersburg Police were investigating Lacy -- a fugitive wanted for aggravated battery -- and requested assistance from a regional task force. That task force provided one St. Petersburg Police officer, one U.S. Marshal, and one Pinellas County Sheriff's Deputy to the effort.

Lacy had a long and violent criminal record, including a sexual battery conviction. Court records show Lacy missed his Nov. 1 battery trial.

Investigators say they were at the home to interview a woman with ties to Lacy, and did not expect the suspect to be there at the time. St. Petersburg Police spokesman Michael Puetz says Lacy was hiding in the attic and opened fire on the officers.

Officials say during the initial confrontation, the U.S. Marshals agent and one police officer were shot. Backup officers went in and managed to pull the two wounded men out, but a member of the backup group -- another St. Petersburg Police officer -- was shot in the attic.

That officer reportedly continued to engage with the suspect while still holed up in the attic. A tactical team was able to punch a hole into the building with an armored vehicle and pull the officer out.

A woman who was inside the house at the time is safe and is currently being questioned by investigators.

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Pinellas County Schools put Thurgood Marshall Fundamental School on lockout for a period of time, before the suspect's body was found.  A lockout is when all doors to the building are locked, and no one is allowed inside or outside, but the school will function as it normally would.

The shooting comes four days after two Miami-Dade County detectives were killed by a murder suspect they were trying to arrest. That suspect was killed by another detective.

It was the first time in more than 30 years that a St. Petersburg Police officer was killed in the line of duty.

Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio issued a statement saying, "On behalf of the City of Tampa, I extend my heartfelt condolences to the families of the officers, the larger family of the St. Petersburg Police Department, and to all the citizens of our sister city."

Read: Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio's full statement on the shootings

For members of the public wishing to leave expressions of sympathy, a location has been designated at Police Headquarters, 1300 First Ave. N., atop the exterior stairway beneath the portico.

Stay with 10 News and wtsp.com for more on this breaking news.

10 News. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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