A 23-year-old man faces first-degree murder charges after shooting and running over a police officer in a town just 30 miles north of St. Petersburg, Florida. Local authorities say the incident was not related to the murder of two NYPD officers which occurred last weekend.
Marco Antonio Parilla, Jr., 23, was arrested by police early Sunday morning on suspicion of first-degree murder of Tarpon Springs police officer Charles “Charlie K” Kondek.
Kondek had responded to a noise complaint at about 2 AM on Sunday. Parilla had been banging on apartment doors trying to find a neighbor who had “dimed him out” to the authorities, USA Today reported.
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Parilla was driving with a woman and arrived at one home. The woman stayed in the vehicle as Parilla was banging on doors. A neighbor asked the woman to lower the music in the vehicle, but she refused. The neighbor called 911 for a noise complaint.
Kondek arrived on scene and exited his vehicle. Detectives said Kondek approached Parilla who then opened fire on the officer, hitting him just above his bulletproof vest. Parilla then had the woman exit the vehicle and he fled the scene, running over Kondek as he did so. He crashed into a pole and a parked vehicle as he was being pursued by Tarpon Springs police officers.
The fugitive briefly fled on foot before being apprehended. Kondek died after being transported to a hospital.
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USA Today points out that Parilla had been in jail for over two years for a wide number of offenses, including drug charges, and had been released in March. He was listed as a fugitive when he violated his probation, and told authorities he “felt like a caged rat” when he saw Kondek.
“We know we have the right guy in custody,” said Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri. “This guy knew what he was doing. He killed a cop and he needs to be held accountable for that.”
Kondek, 45, is survived by his wife, Teresa, and his six children, Allena, Brandon, Andrew, Charlie Jr., Holly, and Tiffany. He was a 17-year veteran of the Tarpon Springs Police Department and served as an officer in the NYPD for five years before moving to Florida, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
Many are taking the opportunity to pay tribute to Kondek on Twitter, including other law enforcement agencies:
Deepest Sympathy to our brothers and sisters at the Tarpon Springs PD in the loss of OFR Charlie Kondek. These… http://t.co/iBYYnAEdVK
— KY State Police (@kystatepolice) December 22, 2014
— NU Police Department (@northeasternpd) December 22, 2014
RIP to officer Charlie Kondek who was shot and killed in Tampa Florida. His family &!friends will forever be in my thoughts & prayers also.
— Elizabeth Ansari (@_LizzyyLou_) December 22, 2014
— Gio (@_mode_101) December 21, 2014
TSPD Officer Charles “Charlie K” Kondek killed this morning. His name will be added to this memorial pic.twitter.com/PQcbJVHW5p
— Bobby Lewis (@Bobby_L) December 21, 2014
— Franklin Lakes PBA (@FranklinLakePBA) December 21, 2014
Photo Credit: Twitter
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