St. Petersburg Officer Charles Eustes was the eleventh officer killed in the line of duty in the department's history
St. Petersburg, FL - Monday, January 24, 2011 two St. Petersburg Police officers were shot and killed in the line of duty. That brings the total number of officers killed within the department to 14.
According to the city of St. Petersburg's website, the eleventh officer killed was shot with his own weapon during a domestic call. On September 24, 1967 Officer Charles Eustes responded as backup to another officer dispatched to a domestic quarrel on Seventh Avenue South. Arriving ahead of the primary officer, Eustes heard a woman moaning inside the residence.
When he attempted to enter and assist her, his way was blocked by a male resident. A struggle ensued. The suspect pulled the officer's gun from a department issued cross draw holster during the struggle. After being hit once and seriously wounded the Officer Eustes attempted to crawl out of harm's way. The suspect then shot Officer Eustes several more times killing him.
The man was later arrested and convicted of murder.