Second Fatal Shooting Involving St. Petersburg, FL Police in a Week
POSTED: Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 6:37am
UPDATED: Monday, September 9, 2013 - 7:18am
St. Petersburg, FL — For the second time in the past week, a man is dead after a shooting involving police in St. Petersburg, FL. The latest encounter took place Saturday morning.
Christopher Thomas, Witness, "Shocked. I didn't know what was going on. I was scared a little bit. Cops everywhere, shooting, yelling at me to go inside. "
Christopher Thomas lives two houses down from where St. Petersburg police shot 46 year-old Lealann Cooley just before 4 a.m.
Christopher Thomas, "I saw the cops approach the house and just yell out put it down, put it down, and they unloaded at least 15 to 20 shots."
He has met Cooley and his family on a few occasions, "The daughter's been over and given my daughter some of her old stuffed animals. They're a nice, sweet little family."
According to police, officers first responded to this house on 40th Street North shortly after 1:30 a.m. on a call of shots being fired, they didn't find anything and left.
A few hours later, another call, this time a complaint of loud music in the area.
When officers responded they heard what they believed to be a gunshot coming from the house.
When police approached, they spotted Cooley standing on the front porch with a handgun.
After telling him to put the gun down, Cooley did. What happened next, according to police, was Cooley's fatal mistake, Mike Puetz, St. Petersburg Police, "Picked up the rifle, pointed it at the officers. At this point we had six officers that discharged their weapons. He was fatally wounded at the scene."
Cliff Lockwood, Homeowner, "I can't imagine what could've gone wrong."
Cliff Lockwood owns the house where Cooley, his wife, and 16 year-old daughter live and says the family seemed happy and are good tenants, "I saw them maybe a month ago maybe and everything seemed fine."
No one else was injured in the shooting. The six officers involved have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation which is standard procedure.
St. Petersburg police were involved in another shooting earlier this week, killing a man who police say pointed a gun at an officer.