Suspected cop killer was out to steal a car

8:58 PM, Feb 23, 2011   |    comments
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Nicholas Lindsey makes his first court appearance.

St. Petersburg, Florida - The night 16-year-old Nicholas Lindsey allegedly killed Officer David Crawford, he was out trying to steal a car. That's according to new information released by police on Wednesday.

Officials say Lindsey was trying to steal a white Dodge Neon around 10:30 Monday night when police got a call of a suspicious person in the area of 3rd Avenue South and 8th Street South.

Major Michael Kovacsev says Crawford was the first officer to arrive on the scene.

"Officer Crawford exited his vehicle, told the suspect to come back to him so he could speak to him. He had his note pad in his hand, when the suspect turned around he pulled a weapon out, fired a round at Officer Crawford."

Kovacsev says Lindsey fired at least 3 more times, aiming at Crawford's midsection.

Detectives say Crawford fired back 6 times, but never hit Lindsey.

Crawford was pronounced dead at a local hospital a short time later.

But why did Lindsey fire in the first place? Kovacsev says Lindsey has alluded to the fact that he didn't want to be caught with a weapon, but adds the motive is still not entirely clear.

Tips ultimately led police to Lindsey and during questioning Tuesday officials say the teen admitted to the killing.

Kovacsev says the murder weapon has not been recovered but says a dive team was out Wednesday checking a local creek for the gun.

Officials also revealed Wednesday that two tipsters may be eligible to share part of the $100,000 reward money that was being offered in the case.

"It's certainly our intent to pay out every dime that we possibly can to those that are eligible," Police Chief Chuck Harmon told reporters.

Preston Rudie

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