St. Petersburg officer shot

Published: Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 8:56 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 8:56 a.m.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. An undercover detective is in serious condition in the hospital after being shot twice during an armed robbery in St. Petersburg.

Officials say the unidentified officer was conducting surveillance at a Blockbuster video store Wednesday night. Three suspects walked out of the store and were confronted by police. Officials say shots were fired by one of the suspects. A detective returned fire.

One of the suspects, 19-year-old Velislav Vladimirov Matzov, was also shot. But officials say he did not suffer life threatening injuries. The other suspects are identified as 23-year-old Joseph Hollings Jr. and 19-year-old Danielle Nicole Karlau. Charges are pending.

Authorities believe the three are connected to a series of robberies in the area.

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