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St. Pete Police officer and detective fired over use of force

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ST PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) -

Two St. Petersburg Police Department employees lost their jobs over their use of force.

Police officials say Officer Brian Fernandez and Detective Bartholomew Varracchi are no longer with the department.

Officials say on December 23, Fernandez shot at Quade Everett as Everett drove a stolen truck at him. Everett was wounded in the head and crashed. He survived, but was badly hurt.

During a shooting review board, Chief David DeKay found Fernandez was not justified in his use of deadly force, and fired him.

Detective Bartholomew Varracchi was accused of “unnecessary force, conduct unbecoming, falsification, violation of the pursuit policy, and conviction or guilty of a crime” stemming from an incident on June 3, 2013. Officials say he hit a handcuffed prisoner after a pursuit.

After Internal Affairs concluded their investigation, a Chain of Command Board was held. Chief David DeKay found the allegations against Detective Varracchi were “sustained”, and fired him.

Officer Neil Rambaran was under review for opening fire after a suspect rammed three police vehicles and then drove at him on January 8 outside a Quick Stop on 49th Street South. The driver in that case was not hit.

A shooting review board found Rambaran's use of deadly force was justified.

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