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St. Pete police shooting justifiable, State Attorney says

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ST PETERSBURG, FL - State Attorney Bernie McCabe released a letter to St. Petersburg Police Chief Charles "Chuck" Harmon ruling police shooting of an armed suspect in September a justifiable homicide.

According to the SPPD report, the officers Nicolo Mangiaracina, Michael Romano and Justin Morales confronted and shot the armed suspect Ronald Sexton. He died from the wounds.

Related story: Man killed in St. Pete officer-involved shooting

Pinellas Pasco State Attorney McCabe reviewed the case and concluded in his letter to Chief Harmon that Sexton's death was "as a result of having been shot by officers of the St. Petersburg Police Department while in the lawful performance of their legal duties and that the shooting is justifiable homicide."

An administrative investigation by the SPPD Internal Affairs Division continues to determine if the officers have violated the department's policy in this case.

When the investigation is complete, Chief Harmon will convene a Shooting Review Board and share his reviews and findings.

The officers remain on administrative  duty.

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