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St. Petersburg officer killed: Fellow officers gather, weep at Bayfront

2:35 PM, Feb 22, 2011   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- Dozens of St. Petersburg Police officers are converging at Bayfront Medical Center, where a fellow officer died after he was shot in the line of duty late Monday night.

Outside the emergency room, dozens of police cars, some still running and with lights on, are parked along the streets, in driveways and on medians.

By 2 a.m., more than 20 members of the media waited outside for information from St. Petersburg Police Chief Chuck Harmon, who is at the hospital.

Mayor Bill Foster was also at Bayfront. At about 1 a.m., he told reporters the department was having a hard time reaching the officer's family.

By 2:15 a.m., St. Petersburg Chief Chuck Harmon told the media that the patrol officer had died.  He said he would not name the officer until the officer's family had arrived at the hospital.

By 11:30 p.m., scores of officers were converging at the hospital. Some hugged each other. Others wept.

At one point, the city council, Mayor Foster and Chief Harmon gathered in a circle outside the emergency room. As officers arrived, they were embraced in a hug.

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