A suspect has been taken into custody and charged with first diploma homicide for fatally capturing and operating over a police officer in Tarpon Springs. The incident comes after a gunman killed two officers in NYC after issuing threats in opposition to police.d
The suspect, recognized as 23-year-old transient, Marco Antonio Parilla Jr. shot and killed veteran officer Charles Kondek early Sunday morning close to the coastal city’s Sponge Docks, native media experiences. The 45-year-old father of 5 had been on the drive for 18 years.
After capturing the officer, the suspect fled the crime scene in a white Hyundai sedan, earlier than crashing right into a pole, the place he was arrested. Several metropolis blocks across the crime scene had been cordoned off Sunday morning as investigators collected proof.
During a press convention on Sunday afternoon, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri stated Parilla had a path of legal actions with nearly 30 felony arrests, and 15 misdemeanor arrests.
“He ought to by no means have been on the streets to start with,” Gualtieri stated saying that Parilla was launched from the Florida Department of Corrections in March.
Police established the suspect got here to the house advanced to confront a resident who Parilla thought had reported his probation violation. The assailant went on knocking on doorways attempting to find the particular person he was in search of. That is when a resident observed a gun on Parilla and known as the police.
Gualtieri stated Kondek received to the world at round 2 am in response to a noise criticism and observed one thing that made him name for again up.
The Sheriff stated that is when Parilla started strolling to the automotive, he fired a .40 caliber handgun at Kondek, hanging him in the higher chest. Parilla then ran over the officer as he fled the scene, Gualtieri stated.
Two Tarpon Springs cops had been in pursuit of the fleeing automotive earlier than it crashed into an influence pole on Athens Street. Parilla then fled on foot, however was finally taken into custody.