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Female St. Petersburg Police Officer Kills Man Choking Her

Female St. Petersburg Police Officer Kills Man Choking Her

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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — A St. Petersburg officer has been placed on routine administrative leave after shooting and killing her attacker Friday night, the sheriff said.

Officer Alison Savarese responded to the French Quarter Condos at 4050 4th Street N. in St. Pete around 9 p.m. after a call about a neighbor dispute.

While investigating, detectives said a 55-year-old man exited the front door of his second-floor residence. Detectives said Savarese climbed the stairs to the second floor to speak with him. When she arrived, the man reportedly walked toward her in an “aggressive manner.”

When the officer attempted to detain the man, he allegedly shoved her backward and a struggle ensued. The two went to the ground while fighting and when they stood up, the suspect reportedly grabbed Sevarese’s throat and squeezed. The officer said she could not breathe, and also noticed the suspect was tugging at her belt.

Detectives said the officer feared for her life, so she fired two shots at the man. He was transported to the hospital where he later died.

Sevarese was placed on routine administrative leave.

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