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Shooting Update


This is preliminary information but keep in mind this is still under investigation.

Shortly before 2 AM a Pinellas County Sheriff's deputy with the Joint Violent Crimes Task Force attempted to make a traffic stop in St. Petersburg in the area of 3rd Ave.South and 26th street.

The driver, Elijah Johnson DOB 10-3-95,  of St. Petersburg, initially stopped, but then fled from the scene. Shortly afterwords, the driver abandoned his car at 2nd Ave.South and 26th street. At that point a St. Petersburg K-9 Officer and his dog to begin tracking the area. The suspect shot k-9 Titan, then fled from that scene.

A short time later, the suspect fired shots at a PCSO Sgt who was in his vehicle at 3rd Ave.South and 27th St. Sgt David Stang was shot in the shoulder. Sgt Stang was taken to Bayfront health where he is in stable condition.

The suspect was found dead with what appears to be a self inflicted gunshot wound near 3rd Ave S. and 26th St.

At this time, it appears no deputy or officer fired a weapon.

K-9 Titan underwent surgery and he is also in stable condition.

St. Petersburg Police and PCSO's Forensic Science Division will investigate jointly.

Report 2019-013666

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