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Florida Man Holding An Ax Shot By Police

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File photo of ax. (Credit:  Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — St. Petersburg Police say a suspected armed robber shot by an officer as he was holding a three-foot ax is recovering in the hospital.

A police statement says 27-year-old Anthony J. Stahley is out of surgery. He’s listed in critical condition.

Police say a 911 caller reported a man armed with an ax had robbed him of his bicycle early Sunday morning. A responding officer found Stahley riding the bike in an alley.

A police statement says Stahley picked up the ax and threatened a police sergeant who had responded to the scene as back-up. The sergeant fired several times, striking Stahley. None of the officers were injured.

Police say Stahley was on probation for aggravated assault after his arrest for threatening a neighbor with a baseball bat in 2010.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

 

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