1 dead in police-involved shooting in St. Pete

Published On: Sep 08 2013 08:08:45 AM EDT   Updated On: Sep 08 2013 08:09:16 AM EDT

Six St. Petersburg police officers are on administrative leave after the fatal shooting of an armed man on a front porch.

Police spokesman Mike Puetz says officers were called twice to the neighborhood early Saturday after residents reported hearing gunshots and loud music. While on the scene a second time, officers heard a gunshot and saw an armed man standing on an enclosed front porch.

Puetz says the man initially responded to officers' commands to lower his weapon but then picked up a rifle that he pointed at the officers in his yard.

According to police, six officers fired at the man. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police identified the man as Lealann Russell Melder Cooley.

Puetz says investigators found other weapons and ammunition in the man's house.


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