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Police kill man after four-hour standoff

Published April 30, 2005

ST. PETERSBURG - Police snipers shot and killed an armed man who had barricaded himself in his home for more than four hours Friday evening.

The man, whose name was not released, had fired at police earlier in the evening.

About 10 p.m., he walked out of his home with a shotgun and pistol and fired at members of the St. Petersburg police tactical unit.

The police returned fire several times, killing the man.

"This is difficult for us," said police spokesman Bill Proffitt. "This was not the outcome we had hoped for."

The man, who appeared to be in his 50s, lived at 1115 15th Ave. N in the Euclid/St. Paul area of St. Petersburg.

The incident began about 5:52 p.m. as St. Petersburg police responded to a call of two men fighting in the man's yard. Moments later, additional callers reported gunshots.

Proffitt said the man fired a shotgun into the air. As officers arrived, the man ran inside the house.

Soon after, he came back out with a pistol, fired twice at a sergeant and ran back inside. At that point, the tactical unit was called in.

Proffitt said the man appeared to have been drinking beer, but did not know why the man was upset. The man talked to a police sergeant early on in the standoff and then cut off contact, Proffitt said.

"It could have been suicide by cop," Proffitt said. "We really don't know right now."

None of the officers were shot or seriously hurt, Proffitt said.

NOTE TO READERS: The standoff that ended with the death of a St. Petersburg man Friday night took place at 1115 15th St. N. The story gave the wrong address.

[Last modified April 30, 2005, 22:42:46]

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