A massive manhunt was under way today for the killer of St. Petersburg police officer David Crawford, a 25-year police veteran who was shot dead last night as he investigated a report of a prowler downtown, reports the St. Petersburg Times. Crawford, 46, was shot about 10:30 p.m. when he confronted a man walking on the street. A resident in the area had reported a suspicious man wearing a hoodie and carrying a brick walking in his yard.
The shooting came one month after two St. Petersburg police officers were shot to death, the city’s first police fatality in 31 years. “This is too much, not again,” resident Don Enge said today. “I can’t stand to see this. It’s just not fair.”