St. Petersburg, Florida - Neighbors describe it as insanity. They couldn't believe their surroundings turned into a lockdown situation Monday morning.
Patricia Thomas was a witness to the chaos. She told 10 News that her sister, who lives near Hydra Lacy's home, was terrified.
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Thomas said, "It's just insane. You really never thought you would actually see bullets shooting back and forth."
Monday turned out to be one of the saddest days in recent memory for St. Pete residents, as two officers were killed in the line of duty.
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The day started with what should have been a simple warrant being served at the 39-year-old convicted sex offender's home.
It was 8 a.m. when a U.S. Marshal, a St. Petersburg police officer and a Pinellas deputy went to his door. A second officer from St. Pete was called for back-up.
The two officers would not make it out alive. The Marshal was rushed to Bayfront Medical Center and is alive.
Thomas described the gunfire, "They 'boom boom boom.' The guy 'bang bang bang!' Wow, is this truly going on?"
Lacy was in the attic during the shooting and told family he had already been to prison and wasn't going back.
The men who went inside this morning walked into a world of gunfire.
Pinellas State Attorney Bernie McCabe told 10 News, "Really serious situation. Very tragic,very serious."
For more than six hours, Lacy remained inside and finally, not knowing if he was alive or dead, police stormed inside the home with a front end loader.
Investigators believe his body was in the rubble. They do not know if the gunshot wound was self-inflicted.
Melanie Michael, 10 News