Shooting Suspect and Police Officers Killed in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG (2011-01-24) -

Two St. Petersburg police officers and their suspected killer are dead after a shooting in St. Petersburg early Monday morning.

Lacy was found dead in his attic after killing officers Jeffrey Yaslowitz and Sergeant Thomas Baitinger and wounding a U.S. Marshal.

Officers came to arrest Lacy, 39, when more than 100 shots were fired. Police spokesman Michael Puetz said Lacy was hiding in the attic when the shooting began.

The St. Petersburg Police SWAT team had to punch a hole in one of the walls of the house to rescue an officer.

Lacy had remained barricaded inside the house where the shooting happened until officers searched it.

Lacy is the older brother of boxer Jeff 'Left Hook' Lacy and has spent most of his adult life in and out of prison.

According to public records Lacy was arrested in 1988 for grand theft auto, aggravated assault, and resisting arrest where he spent more than three years in prison.

After he was released, Lacy was arrested on several charges, including sexual battery and kidnapping. He then spent 9 years in prison for those crimes.

Lacy was also registered sexual offender from a 1992 arrest. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement now lists him as "absconded," or no longer at the place of residency he gave to authorities.

After his release in 2008, he had arrests related to violation of probation and domestic disputes. His sister-in-law confirmed his identity to authorities.

St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster commented on the two officers.

"Our city mourns and grieves, and we pray for the family members," Foster said. "We also pray for the officers. I witnessed at the scene extreme bravery and heroism."

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