Tampa Bay-area

Florida police officer shot dead after responding to 2 a.m. call

Douglas R. Clifford / The Tampa Bay Times

TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. — Florida authorities say a police officer was shot and killed in Tarpon Springs early Sunday.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the shooting occurred around 3 a.m. in the Tampa Bay-area city and that a suspect has been taken into custody.

The Tarpon Springs Police Department identified the fallen officer as 45-year-old Charles Kondek, a 17-year veteran of the local police department. Originally from New York, Kondek had previously served on the New York City Police Department for more than five years, authorities said.

Authorities say Kondek responded to a call for service shortly after 2 a.m. Police said the suspect shot at the officer and then fled the scene in a vehicle and crashed into a pole and another vehicle. He was then apprehended by police at that location.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Kondek was the father of five children.

A news conference is to be held later today.

Douglas R. Clifford / The Tampa Bay TimesInvestigators stand at the scene where 45-year-old Tarpon Springs police officer Charles Kondek was shot and killed on Sunday.
Douglas R. Clifford / The Tampa Bay Times

Douglas R. Clifford / The Tampa Bay TimesForensic investigators with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office investigate the scene where 45-year-old Tarpon Springs police officer Charles Kondek was shot and killed, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Tarpon Springs, Fla. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that police have arrested 23-year-old Marco Antonio Parilla Jr. on suspicion of first-degree murder.