Florida Cop Shot, Killed in Tarpon Springs Shooting – NBCNews.com

A police officer was shot and killed early Sunday morning in Florida, officials said. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s office said the shooting occurred at around 3 a.m. EST in Tarpon Springs, about 30 miles from Tampa, Florida. The sheriff’s office said the suspect is in custody but did not provide further details on a possible motive.

The shooting came hours after a gunman shot and killed two police officers in Brooklyn before taking his own life. Investigators in New York believe the attacker boasted on social media about a plan to target cops, possibly out of revenge for the deaths of two unarmed black men who died in confrontations with police.

— Cassandra Vinograd

First published December 21 2014, 5:53 AM

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