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Lacy's widow files lawsuit against St. Pete

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Hydra Lacy Jr., 2009, Image AP Hydra Lacy Jr., 2009, Image AP
ST PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) - After two policemen died in a shoot-out with Hydra Lacy Jr. in 2011, then-Mayor Bill Foster ordered the demolition of the house where it all took place.

The home belonged to Lacy's estranged wife, Christine. She is now suing the city of St. Petersburg for the cost of replacing her personal property.

According to the lawsuit filed, Hydra Lacy Jr. held Christine against her will. The document states when police came to her door at 3734 28th Ave. S., she told officers Hydra was in the home, he might be armed, and she was in fear of him and what he might do to her or others.

The lawsuit also states police ordered Christine Lacy to leave her home and she was not allowed to retrieve any belongings, including her purse or three dogs, even after it was determined Hydra was dead.

When the home was demolished, Foster stated Christine Lacy was a victim.

"We're going to make her whole. She's going through her own grief and she's absolutely sick about what transpired," said Foster.

Lacy's attorney said her efforts to file a claim through her insurance failed. The lawsuit documents say Balboa insurance denied coverage, stating "our investigation revealed that the city decided to demolish the dwelling after the incident was over, and furthermore, the mayor has advised that the city will reimburse the borrower for the demolition and repair costs."

Lacy wrote a letter to former Mayor Foster  May 21, 2013.

"I have waited patiently for you to keep your promise but you have not," she wrote. "It has been well over two years since my home was destroyed, all my personal belongings and my car were taken from me in this horrible incident. I have asked my lawyer to hold off filing suit in this case out of respect for the families that lost so much more than I."

She went on to add that if she did not get a response within 14 days, she would not wait any longer. The city of St. Petersburg spokesperson says the city will not comment on an open or pending lawsuit.

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