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St. Pete officers shoot, kill gun-wielding man

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Police say this was the handgun the suspect was using. Police say this was the handgun the suspect was using.
ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) -

The family of Ron Sexton is angry and want answers.

"He was trying to get the gun out of his pocket and they just kept on shooting at him," said David Wallace, Sexton's father in-law.

The 23-year-old father was shot and killed by police early this morning.  His front porch is punctuated by bullet holes.

St. Petersburg police say this all started over a barking dog.  Around 1:30 in the morning, Sexton was walking his dog and police say he began taunting the next-door neighbor's dog.  All the barking got the attention of Sexton's neighbor, who came out to confront him.

Police say Sexton pulled out a gun and the neighbor rushed back inside to call 911.  When officers arrived, they ordered Sexton to the ground.  He was complying when, detectives say, he suddenly pulled out his gun and pointed it an officer.

"More than one police officer fired their weapons at the man and he died at the front porch," said police spokesperson Bill Proffitt.

But Sexton's family says police had no reason to shoot.

"He was getting the gun out of his pocket?  Sure they would say that.  Wouldn't you, to save your a**?," said Wallace.

In the middle of the all the gunfire was Sexton's 10-year-old son Josh, who was outside and watched his dad get shot.

"Well, he didn't deserve to die.  They started shooting him and they missed seven times and got him once and killed him," said Josh Sexton.

St. Pete police say the three officers are on administrative leave while they investigate the shooting.  But Sexton's family is skeptical the three officers involved will be punished.

"They know they're going to get off.  They know it. They're police officers.  They can do anything they want," added Wallace.

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