Fatal Shooting Time Line: Police Offer Account of Events
St. Petersburg police offered this time line of events that led to the shooting deaths of two city police officers and the wounding of a U.S. Fire Marshal.
The time line of events is provided by the St. Petersburg Police Department.
6:58 a.m. – St. Petersburg Police Department undercover detective, a Pinellas County Sheriff's Deputy and a Deputy with the U.S. Marshals Service went to 3734 28th Avenue South for the purpose of interviewing a relative of Lacy. During the interview with Lacy's relative, they learned that Lacy was hiding in the attic of the home.
7:07 a.m. - The St. Petersburg Police Department detective at the home requested back-up units and several officers, including Sergeant Thomas Baitinger and K-9 Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz responded to the home. Officials say Yaslowitz was getting off-duty and heading home when he chose to respond to the call for assistance.
7:11 a.m. - The St. Petersburg Police Department's detective advised Communications Center that Lacy was hiding in the attic of the home.
7:29 a.m. - Officers on the scene reported gunshots and officers down. St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster said he heard between 100 and 200 gunshots during the exchange. Police Chief Chuck Harmon called it a “fire fight”.
Between 9:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. -TAC Team members entered the home to rescue K-9 Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz. There was an exchange of gunfire between members of the TAC Team and the suspect. The TAC Team extracted K-9 Officer Yaslowitz and transported him by ambulance to Bayfront Medical Center where he was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound to his upper body.
11:00 a.m.- St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster and St. Petersburg Police Chief Chuck Harmon held a press conference at Bayfront Medical Center. Harmon said, “(we’re) doing the best we can to keep the community safe.” Mayor Foster said, “Today the family of (the) St. Petersburg Police Department lost 2 members.”
A few hours later - The suspect allegedly texted a relative and indicated that he had been wounded.
Mid afternoon - Members of the TAC Team re-entered the house and found the suspect dead in the attic. Although there is a presumption that the dead suspect is Hydra Lacy, Jr., he has not been positively identified at this time.
4:00 p.m.- The names of the police officers killed are released at a press conference at the St Petersburg Police Department. Sgt. and 15-year-veteran Tom Baitinger and Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz, who is a 13-year-veteran died in the line of duty. Mayor Bill Foster said, “Tom and Jeff died doing what they loved, they were cops, fathers, husbands, son’s, but they served the people of this community with distinction, with passion, with resilience, heroism, and they gave their lives today, so that we can do what we do.”