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Deputy, police K-9 shot while searching for suspect in St. Petersburg
Mar 29, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG — A Pinellas County Sheriff’s sergeant and a St. Petersburg police K-9 are recovering from injuries suffered when they were shot while searching for a man who fled after a traffic stop about 1:49 a.m. March 29 in St. Petersburg.

The suspect is dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The incident started when law enforcement officers from the Violent Crimes Task Force stopped Elijah Johnson, 23, of St. Petersburg for a traffic violation near the intersection of Third Avenue South and 30th Street South in St. Petersburg, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

Investigators say Johnson initially stopped for officers but then fled. Officers did not pursue the vehicle and the Flight Unit responded. Johnson then abandoned the vehicle near the intersection of Third Avenue South and 26th Street South and fled on foot.

St. Petersburg police Officer Greg Shone and his K-9 Titan responded and began tracking Johnson. Investigators say “at some point during the track,” Johnson shot at K-9 Titan striking and injuring the dog. Officer Shone was not injured.

A short time later, Johnson fired shots at Sgt. David Stang, 51, with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, who was in his unmarked cruiser near the intersection of Third Avenue South and 27th Street. Sgt. Stang was shot in the shoulder.

Law enforcement officers later found Johnson dead near Third Avenue South and 26th Street South, with what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. St. Petersburg police say it appears that no deputy or officer fired a weapon.


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