Police Shooting Suspect Had Troubled Past, Famous Brother

Hydra Lacy Jr.
ST. PETERSBURG (2011-01-24) -

The man suspected of fatally shooting two police officers and wounding a U.S. Marshal was no stranger to authorities.

Hydra Lacy Jr., 39, spent more than half his adult life in prison for various crimes: aggravated assault, grand theft, armed burglary, resisting arrest with violence, sexual battery and false imprisonment of a child. He was a registered sex offender.

According to the St. Petersburg Times, a 16-year-old Lakewood High School student who had briefly dated Lacy told police Lacy grabbed her outside her apartment, forced her into his car, then hit and raped her repeatedly.

He was sentenced to 15 years in prison and released after nine. The Florida Department of Corrections says 13 family members were on a visitors list while Lacy was in prison. No one visited.

On Monday morning, Lacy was being sought for an aggravated battery warrant. It stems back to 2009, when he admitted to attacking his wife with a sword. Police records say he also "broke several liquor bottles" over her head.

He failed to show up at a Nov. 1 court hearing -- leading to an arrest warrant being issued.

As of June, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement listed Lacy as absconded, meaning he didn't live at the address authorities had on record for him. Public records show Lacy's address as the house where the deadly shooting took place. His wife Christine Lacy is listed on public records as the owner of the house.

Lacy was the oldest of nine siblings including former world boxing champion Jeff Lacy. In a 2004 article, the alternative newspaper Creative Loafing wrote this about Jeff Lacy:

Lacy is a living example of how boxing can keep a kid off the streets and out of trouble. He and four of his eight siblings grew up in the hardscrabble Midtown section of St. Petersburg, where they were raised by their father, Hydra Lacy.

Jeff's two older brothers did stints in jail for selling drugs, stealing cars and such. "Me, I learned a lot by watching them," he says. "It made me wanna stay away from it. I knew I couldn't be in a cell. I couldn't even stay home."

Their father, Hydra Lacy Sr., was a pro boxer in the 1960s and '70s.

One thing is clear -- Lacy did not want to return to prison. St. Petersburg Police Chief Chuck Harmon says that's why Lacy was lying in wait for the officers who died trying to arrest him.

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