St. Petersburg Police Press Release

Chief of Police
1301 First Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33705

(727) 893-7550


For Immediate Release
Report number: 2020-012812
Date of original release: 03-31-20

Woman Shoots at Officer

At 4 a.m., family members of Brenda Martin, DOB 8-19-56, asked police to do a welfare check on her because she was anxious about COVID-19 and making concerning statements.

When an officer knocked on the front of her home, 4137 35th Avenue North, she opened the door, pointed a handgun and fired at the officer. The officer was not injured and was able to take cover.

Martin later resisted arrest while officers took her into custody.

She is charged with:
- aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer
- resisting arrest

If people are stressing about COVID-19, there is help. Please see the resource through Pinellas County for emotional support.

The Behavioral Health Work Group, in coordination with Directions for Living, has created a COVID-19-dedicated Emotional Support Call Line, running seven days a week, from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., to assist with the emotional needs of our community. Residents can call (727) 525-4464 x 1001. Additional information is available here:

St. Petersburg Police Media Relations - (727) 893-7550
YOLANDA FERNANDEZ - Public Information Officer