3rd St. Pete Officer Shot to Death in Month
Florida city lost another as he was confronting suspect
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2011 3:02 PM CST
This undated photo released by the St. Petersburg Police Department shows Officer David Crawford, who was killed Monday.   (AP Photo/St. Petersburg Police Department)

(Newser) – Less than a month after two Florida police officers were killed in a St. Petersburg shootout, another officer was shot to death in the city, CNN reports. Police today formed a tight perimeter around the area where Officer David Crawford was shot only moments after leaving his police cruiser to confront a suspect last night.

"It stings," says Chief Chuck Harmon. "This killer has taken somebody very precious to us, a member of our family." Crawford was responding to a call about a suspicious person carrying a brick in a back yard. Hundreds of officers were scouring the area on foot today, along with scent dogs and aerial backup.