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article imagePolice officer shot and killed in Florida Sunday

By Karen Graham     Dec 21, 2014 in Crime
Tarpon Springs - The Pinellas County Sheriff's Department is reporting that a Tarpon Springs police officer was shot and killed this morning. The shooting took place at 3 a.m. this morning on Grand Avenue, according to Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cecilia Berreda.
Tarpon Springs veteran police officer Charlie Kondek, 45, an 18-year vet with five children, was shot and killed while on duty early this morning. The shooting took place near the Villa Plumosa condominiums at 100 Grand Blvd. in Tarpon Springs.
Police officer Charlie Kondek
(Tarpon Springs Police Department)
Police officer Charlie Kondek (Tarpon Springs Police Department)
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The Tampa bay Times is reporting the alleged shooter is Marco Antonio Parilla Jr., age 23. According to law enforcement authorities, Parilla was apprehended after a car chase, Parilla is described as being a transient who gave police no motive for the alleged shooting of the officer.
Kondek had been a New York City police officer for five years before moving to Florida. Police authorities say Kondek's father is a retired NYPD police officer. The family lives in Pasco County, where Kondek's wife is employed by the Pasco County Clerk of Courts.
The accused killer, Parilla just got out of prison in March of this year after serving a three-year sentence covering a plethora of charges, including selling cocaine and marijuana, trafficking in stolen property, and leaving the scene of a crash involving an injury, according to Florida corrections records.
Investigators say the shooting took place at the Glen Eureka apartments, a small apartment building at 199 Grand Blvd. in Tarpon Springs. It is described as an affluent neighborhood with waterfront homes. Neighbors say the small apartment complex was the source of a lot of problems. Parilla lived in one of the apartments.
According to a neighbor, Rachel Delk, Parilla was banging on doors about 2 a.m. this morning, trying to find out who had called the police on him about two weeks ago. Delk says Parilla apparently had a warrant out on him. She goes on to say that the officer then showed up. She heard 10 to 12 shots, and later, when she looked out she saw the paramedics.
"It was very scary ... it's just kind of surreal," Delk said. "You always see that kind of stuff on TV, not in front of your face."
Kondek was rushed to Florida Hospital North Pinellas, where he died. This is the first death of a Tampa Bay area law enforcement officer in nearly four years. On Jan. 24, 2011.
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