Bradenton police kill suspect after foot chase

jdeleon@bradenton.comJune 9, 2013 

BRADENTON -- A Bradenton Police officer shot and killed a kidnapping suspect after a foot chase Saturday afternoon.

Bradenton Police Department Deputy Chief Warren Merriman said officers responded to a call involving a possible kidnapping at 2:14 p.m. Saturday at a home in the 300 block of 20th Street East.

"It looks like this was a domestic kidnapping," Bradenton Police Chief Michael Radzilowski said.

The suspect appeared to have been beating his girlfriend, who was from North Carolina, according to Radzilowski.

"He had her in a bedroom where he would not let come out for about a day and a half," Radzilowski said.

Saturday afternoon, Radzilowski said the suspect let her go onto the porch to get fresh air, where she managed to send a text message to a family member in North Carolina, who then called police.

Police arrived on scene, and the boyfriend fled, Radzilowski said.

The chase led to a back yard three blocks away, on the corner of Manatee Avenue and 19th Street East.

"He confronted a detective in a back yard with some type of long metal item," Radzilowski said. "The officer fired one shot in the chest, killing him."

Police have not identified the suspect. The detective,

whose name has also not been released, was not injured and has been placed on administrative leave, which is routine following the use of deadly force, a department news release said.

Police had cordoned off the area and were setting up a portable tent to protect the scene from rain showers.

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Unit was dispatched at 3:38 p.m. to assist processing the scene and was seen removing what appeared to be the suspect's weapon.

Less than half a block away, children were playing at a birthday party. Merriman said while they had not realized there was a party in the perimeter, he does not feel anyone was ever at risk during the incident.

Merriman said the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was being called in to investigate the shooting, saying it was standard procedure to avoid any conflict of interest.

FDLE spokesman Steve Arthur confirmed on the phone Saturday evening that they had taken over the investigation, but said it was too early to release any information.

Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049.

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