Pinellas County, Florida police officer Charles Kondek was shot and killed Sunday by 23-year-old Marco Antonio Parilla Jr. while he was responding to a noise complaint. The suspect was banging on doors in the community, looking for a neighbor who he said ratted him out to police. Parilla, who was wanted on a probation violation, saw Kondek, he allegedly fired seven rounds at the officer from a .40-caliber gun — striking Kondek in the neck just above his bullet-resistant vest. Officials believe the shooting was not connected to the ambush-killings of two NYPD officers a day earlier. Tarpon Springs is located on Florida’s Gulf Coast about 10 miles northwest of Tampa.
Kondek, requested back up before encountering Parilla but authorities are not sure why. An autopsy revealed he died from the gunshot according to Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri. Parilla was arrested on one count of first-degree murder. Kondek served more than 17 years with the Tarpon Springs force and five years with the New York Police Department. Kondek mostly worked patrol. Parilla ran over Kondek as well as shooting the officer. Tarpon Springs Police engaged in a brief pursuit before Parilla crashed into a pole and then into a parked vehicle. READ MORE….
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