Former NYPD Officer Killed in Florida

A Florida police officer who previously served on the NYPD was shot and killed early Sunday by a fugitive trying to evade a warrant, authorities said.

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 officers Rafael Ramos and Weinjan Liu Saturday in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.

Tarpon Springs Officer Charles Kondek was killed while responding to a noise call around 2 a.m. at an apartment complex, investigators said. Parilla was pounding on doors, and fired at the officer, they said.

Parilla then got into his car and ran over the officer before he crashed into a pole and another vehicle, investigators said.

Kondek had been an NYPD officer for more than five years. 

Later Sunday, a patrol car wrapped in black ribbon was placed outside the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office in honor of Kondek.

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