I work for the city of St. Petersburg and this morning two of our uniformed officers lost their lives in the course of duty. It's been thirty years since an on-duty officer was killed so the mood was somber even in the Billilng & Collections department where I work.
According to the media and a PD spokesperson, the two officers and a Marshall went to the house with a warrant for the arrest of a man so they could speak to his daughter to try and determine where he was. They didn't expect him to be there because the warrant was a result of a broken restraining order for him not to be on the property. According to the man's sister-in-law, he would find his way into the house when her sister was not home and would surprize her when she returned. He had a long rap sheet, including sexual assault and assaulting a police officer, but, more importantly, he had a family too. And, they are reeling from this too.
My heart goes out to the family of the slain officers. Their loss is truly a tragedy. I also feel for the family of the "bad guy" who also lost his life. They have a lot of deal with too.
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