By Damon Gonzalez
Two St. Petersburg police officers were killed in a shootout this morning in St. Petersburg, FL. A US Marshall was wounded in the shootout and he is in stable condition. The incident occurred at a house on 28th Ave South in St. Petersburg, FL at about 7 AM this morning. The shootout occurred during a joint operation between the St. Petersburg police and the US Marshall seeking out information on a suspect. Both St. Petersburg policemen were married, but their names have not yet been releases. Hydra lacy Jr. is now named as the suspect in this shooting brother of former super middleweight champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy, Authorities were trying to arrest Hydra Lacy Jr. on an aggravated battery charge this morning.
The US Marshall and the St. Petersburg policemen arrived at the suspect Hydra Lacy Jr.’s house around 7AM this morning to look for information on the suspect. They talked to the Hydra Lacy’s girlfriend (who we found out was actually his wife) informed them Hydra was in the attic. The US Marshall and the St. Petersburg policemen went to confront the suspect when he surprised them. The suspect grabbed one of the St. Petersburg policemen’s guns and shot him to death. The other policeman was killed in the shootout and the US Marshall wounded. The policemen were rushed to Bayfront Medical center where they were both pronounced dead. The US Marshall is at Bayfront Medical Center in stable condition
The SWAT team came to the house, tore a hole in the house and rescued the St Petersburg police officer who was pronounced dead at the hospital. It was first believed the US Marshall was the police officer stuck in the house, but it was the second St. Petersburg policeman that was killed in the shootout. This information has not yet been confirmed. The suspect, Hydra Lacy Jr. was still in the attic shooting. More than one hundred shots were shot in the incident. Hydra Lacy Jr. told the police that he was not going back to prison. The suspect last shot his gun at 10:30 AM. The SWAT, St. Petersburg police, The FBI and the US Marshall Office are working together to bring Hydra Lacy Jr. to justice. They said they would get him even if they have to completely tear the house apart.
The shooting suspect was found dead inside the home, according to SPPD’s Mike Puetz. His cause of death is not directly known.