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Feb232011

Florida Police Arrest Teen Accused of Killing St. Petersburg Cop

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- Police in Florida arrested a teenager Tuesday believed to be responsible for killing a 25-year veteran officer of the St. Petersburg Police Department.

According to authorities, officer David Crawford was responding to a suspicious person call at 10:30 p.m. Monday when he was shot several times from close range.  He was then transported to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police searched extensively for the gunman, who fled the scene on foot, using dogs and closing off streets before arresting the 16-year-old boy, who is not being named because of his age.

Crawford's death marks the third time a St. Petersburg officer was killed in the line of duty in less than a month.  Sgt. Thomas Baitinger and K-9 Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz were both killed by a wanted fugitive on Jan. 24.

The St. Petersburg Police Department is still mourning the loss of Sergeant Thomas Baitinger and K-9 Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz, both of whom were killed by a wanted fugitive 28 days ago.

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