2 Cops, Suspect Killed in Fla. Firefight

Deputy marshal also wounded in St. Petersburg shootout
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2011 2:24 PM CST
2 Cops Killed in Florida Firefight
Armed St. Petersburg, Fla., police officers walk away from the area where three members of law enforcement were shot while trying to serve an arrest warrant Monday, Jan. 24, 2011.   (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

A wanted man hiding in an attic sparked a shootout with authorities, allegedly killing two officers and wounding a deputy US marshal. Officers were attempting to arrest Hydra Lacy Jr, 39, on an aggravated battery charge in St. Petersburg, Fla., this morning; officials believe Lacy was the first to shoot. Ultimately more than 100 rounds were fired, the AP reports. Lacy was found dead in the attic after being barricaded inside for hours, during which police shut off the home's electricity and water.

An officer and marshal were shot after calling for backup; the second officer was shot while attempting to rescue the other two from the home. Police, who say Lacy may have used one of the officers’ own guns during the struggle, had to use a vehicle to punch through a wall to get to one of the officers who later died. The firefight comes on the heels of police shootings in Miami and Detroit.
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