MIAMI (AP) — Florida authorities say a Tarpon Springs police officer was shot and killed early Sunday by a fugitive trying to evade a warrant.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said Sunday that police have arrested 23-year-old Marco Antonio Parilla Jr. on suspicion of first-degree murder.
The shooting does not appear to have any connection to the ambush killings of two New York police officers.
Authorities say Officer Charles Kondek responded to a noise call around 2 a.m. at an apartment complex. They say Parilla was pounding on doors, and fired at the officer.
Authorities say the suspect then got in his car and ran over the officer before he crashed into a pole and another vehicle.
Kondek previously served on the New York City Police Department for more than five years.