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Officer fatally shoots armed robbery suspect in St. Pete, police said

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Published:   |   Updated: May 16, 2013 at 08:53 PM

An undercover St. Petersburg police officer shot and killed a robbery suspect who was armed with a shotgun early Tuesday, police said.

Lamont Burgess,36, died at the scene.

Undercover officers were working surveillance about 1 a.m. in north St. Petersburg when they saw a Burgess and Ebony C. Oliver, 20, robbing two clerks at a 7-Eleven, 6161 4th Street North, said Bill Proffitt, spokesman for the St. Petersburg Police Department.

Burgess and Oliver took an undisclosed amount of cash from the store and ran out of the front door, Proffitt said. They ran south to an alley behind the store, where they were met by a detective who drove into the alley, Proffitt said.

There was a confrontation and the detective fired several rounds at Burgess, killing him, Proffitt said. Oliver, who was armed with a knife, ran and hid under a Jeep that was parked in a carport near the 7-Eleven, he said.

A K-9 found Oliver and bit her in the calf as she was taken into custody, Proffitt said. Officers found the Oliver's knife on the ground near the Jeep, Proffitt said.

Oliver, was treated at a hospital for a minor dog bite before being taken into custody, Proffitt said.

A vehicle, possibly a get-away car, fled the scene. Information about the car was not released, Proffitt said.

Dectectives are trying to determine if Burgess and Oliver were staying at a local motel prior to the robbery.

Oliver will be charged with one count of felony murder and one count of armed robbery, Proffitt said.

The name of the officer who shot the suspect was not released because he is an undercover detective. The officer is 33 years old and has been with the St. Petersburg Police Department since Dec. 22, 2003.

The officer was put on administrative leave until an investigation is complete, as is standard procedure in officer-involved shootings, Proffitt said.

The State Attorney's Office is also investigating.

No more information was released.

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