Tour of Duty: 25 years
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: February 21, 2011
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: In custody
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.
Officer Crawford had served with the St. Petersburg Police Department for 25 years. He is survived by his wife and daughter.