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Police Officer David Scott Crawford | St. Petersburg Police Department, Florida St. Petersburg Police Department, Florida

Police Officer

David Scott Crawford

St. Petersburg Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Monday, February 21, 2011

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 25 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Police Officer David Crawford was shot and killed after responding to a report of a suspicious person.

At approximately 10:30 pm, Officer Crawford and another officer responded to a report of a suspicious person in the 700 block of 3rd Avenue after a citizen observed a male walking through his backyard with a broken brick in his hand. Officer Crawford canvassed the area and found the subject near the southwest corner of 2nd Avenue S and 8th Street S. He parked his patrol car and approached the male.

At some point during the encounter there was an exchange of gunfire and Officer Crawford was shot and wounded. He was not wearing his vest at the time. He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center where he died from his wounds.

The suspect fled and after a 24-hour search, a 16-year-old male was arrested and charged with first degree murder. On March 23, 2012, he was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. In October 2013, the subject was again sentenced to life in prison following a review of his original sentence.

Officer Crawford had served with the St. Petersburg Police Department for 25 years. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

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Missing your fatherly wisdom and humor. We just had our Blue Light Tree Lighting ceremony here in Kalispell Montana. As I hung the bulb with your name on the tree, I remembered all the great times I had growing up with you as an extra "dad." Rest in peace. Hugs to you.

Christine - Warrants clerk
"adoptive" daughter
December 5, 2016

 

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