Two St. Petersberg Fla. police officers were shot dead Monday morning amidst a deadly fire, adding to an unusally high rate of police deaths nationwide within the past month.
The deaths Sgt. Thomas Baitinger and Officer Jeffery Yaslowitz makes for a total of 14 deaths within the past month, the Star Tribune reports.
The officers were killed while trying to serve an arrest warrant to Hydra Lacey Jr., who shot both during a gun battle before dying in a manner still left unclear.
The New york Times has reported 13 officers who have been shot since Thursday, with four killed and critical wounds to others. These findings mark an increase in police fatalities nationwide in recent years.