Florida police officer shot dead; suspect in custody – USA TODAY

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — A police officer was shot and killed early Sunday in Tarpon Springs, Fla.

The Tarpon Springs Police Department identified the officer killed as 45-year-old Charles “Charlie K” Kondek.

The shooting occurred around 3 a.m. at an apartment complex on Grand Boulevard in Tarpon Springs, about 25 miles northwest of Tampa. Police were originally called for a noise ordinance complaint with a suspect banging on residential doors.

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When police arrived the suspect, whom the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office has identified as Marco Antonio Parilla Jr., shot Kondek and then attempted to flee in a vehicle but crashed his car into a pole and then a vehicle.

Parilla, 23, is in custody and has been charged with one count of first-degree murder. Deputies describe him as a transient.

Kondek died from his injuries at a hospital.

Kondek served the city of Tarpon Springs as a sworn law enforcement officer for 17 years, many of which were on the midnight shift. Originally from New York, he previously served for more than five years as a New York City police officer before moving to Florida.

The shooting comes just a day after two New York City police officers were killed in an ambush-style shooting.

In a statement released Sunday, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said, “We are saddened by the death of Officer Charles Kondek who was killed in the line of duty early this morning. Ann and I pray that God provides comfort to his loved ones and all those who have been affected by this terrible tragedy.”

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio also released a statement Sunday. It read in part, “Earlier today my wife and I were saddened to hear of the killing of Tarpon Springs police officer Charles Kondek, just hours after the nation was shocked by the horrific murder of two NYPD officers. These killings are stark and somber reminders of the risks our men and women in law enforcement take each and every day to keep us and our families safe.”

Contributing: The Associated Press.

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