Man shot, killed by St. Pete officers

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A man was shot and killed by St. Petersburg police officers early Monday morning after receiving a call concerning "a man with a gun."

The officers responded to the call in the 4400 block of 12th Avenue North around 3:15 a.m.

The caller was a neighbor of 23-year-old Ronald Wesley Sexton.  The neighbor, who has not been identified, said he was awakened by Sexton yelling near his fenced-in back yard.

The neighbor said Sexton had been drinking at home during the previous day.  He said Sexton was taunting his pit bull through the fence and had his own pit bull at his side as he taunted the neighbor's dog, according to a police statement.

The neighbor told Sexton to stop.  Sexton replied "meet me out front."

The neighbor then went to Sexton's front door. He said Sexton opened the door and brandished a handgun, but did not take aim.

The neighbor returned home and called 911.  While he was on the phone, Sexton yelled and pounded on his front door.

As three police officers arrived at Sexton's home, he walked out the front door and onto the porch.  They told Sexton to get down on the ground. He began to comply, but suddenly pulled a semi-automatic gun from his pants and pointed it at one of the officers, according to the statement.

The three officers opened fire. Sexton died at the scene.

The shooting is under investigation by the State Attorney's Office and and the police department's Internal Affairs Unit.

The officers were placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

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