PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri held a press conference Thursday to discuss updates on a recent officer-involved shooting involving a 24-year-old Clearwater man who is no stranger to the law.
Calvin Brockington, 24, is accused of shooting a Pinellas Park Police Officer in the arm on Tuesday night at the Circle K on Ulmerton Road in Pinellas Park.
Sheriff Gualtieri said the officer was ambushed.
“There was absolutely nothing he could have done other than what he did and this is what cops do every day,” Gualtieri said.
Brockington then ran inside the gas station, pointed a gun at a customer and stole his keys. Then he ran back outside, shot at another officer, then drove away in the stolen car.
Brockington then allegedly drove off in the stolen car, leaving deputies on a chase along Ulmerton Road, at one point going the wrong way and onto Interstate 275 toward St. Petersburg. The sheriff said Brockington was tracked going 150 mph at some point on the highway.
He eventually exited in the area of 22nd Avenue South and cut through some side streets before Deputy Brandon Lundy tried to perform a pit maneuver to spin out Brockinton’s car, Gualtieri said, adding that his deputy ended up crashing head-on into a tree at about 55 mph.
Brockington was ultimately caught 15 to 20 minutes later.
Deputies quoted Brockington following his arrest as saying he didn’t feel any remorse for what he did, “with a shot left. I could a killed the man.”
Brockington’s criminal history includes 32 prior charges including kidnapping, drug possession, felony, battery and resisting an officer without violence.
Sheriff Gualtieri said between March 2021 and January 2022, Brockington sold drugs to St. Petersburg Police undercover detectives 17 times.
Brockington was arrested eight times before turning 18. He spent three years in prison and was arrested several more times after he was released. The sheriff hopes prison remains his home.
During the press conference, Sheriff Gualtieri showed the officer’s body camera video, dashcam video and surveillance video from inside the Circle K.
Sheriff Gualtieri says three other deputies were hurt during the car chase.
“He has forfeited his right to live among us and he needs to be in prison for the rest of his life,” Sheriff Gualtieri said. “There’s no doubt if he had more rounds he would’ve fired more rounds, and you can see by his comments what he wanted to do.”
This started as a domestic violence call after Brockington’s ex-girlfriend says he hit her minutes before the shooting.
The officer who was shot had surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.
He has been charged with two counts of first-degree attempted murder, fleeing and eluding a police officer, carjacking, aggravated battery of a pregnant female, felon in possession of a firearm, and driving with a suspended license.
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