Bullet riddled van driven by Jason Michael Kerr
St. Petersburg, FL - A late-night shootout in a gas station parking lot leaves a man dead, and investigators questioning his motive.
According to St. Petersburg Police, Jason Kerr made a stop at the Hungry Baba's convenience store on Martin Luther King Boulevard South around 11 p.m. Thursday night. Employees said that the 31-year-old was drenched in sweat and was acting agitated and nervous.
Witnesses said that after leaving the store, Kerr went to the parking lot pulled out a .45 caliber gun and started waving it out in the open. Employees called the police.
When officers showed up, Kerr took off in a white Dodge Caravan, but only made it across the street before he spun his vehicle around and decided to shoot at police.
"We have no idea why this man decided to fire at the officers," St. Pete Police Department spokesperson Mike Puetz told 10 News.
Three of Kerr's bullets hit two police cars, leaving a hole in the right rear passenger door of one cruiser and damage to a spotlight on the front of another patrol car.
Officers returned fire and killed Kerr.
"We suspect at this point, that drugs were a factor," said Puetz, as drugs were found drugs inside the Caravan.
Pictures on Kerr's Facebook page show him with his family and young son. But police records indicate that this wasn't Kerr's first run-in with the law. He has a history of arrests, including domestic violence and drugs.
There were four officers involved in the shootout, none of whom were injured. They remain on administrative leave until the investigation is complete.