Police Officer & Father of 6 Children Brutally Murdered in Florida – Ex-Con Arrested (Video)
Officer Charles “Charlie” Kondek, 45, was shot dead and run over in Tarpon Springs, Florida Saturday night.
Kondek was the father of six children.
A Tarpon Springs police officer with a wife and six children was shot and killed early Sunday while responding to a nuisance noise call, police said.
Officer Charles “Charlie” Kondek, 45, was shot around 2 a.m. near Glen’s Eureka Apartments by Marco Antonio Parilla Jr., 23, who was released from prison in March, said Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.
Parilla, who was wanted for a probation violation, had been knocking on doors in the apartment complex at 199 Grand Blvd., looking for a person who he believed got him into recent trouble with law enforcement, Gualtieri said.
A woman who Parilla arrived with in a Hyundai Elantra stayed in the car with the stereo turned up. When a resident asked her to turn down the volume, she refused and the resident called police.
When Kondek arrived, he approached the Hyundai. When Parilla saw Kondek he started firing at him with a 40-caliber handgun, Gualtieri said.
Kondek was able to return two shots, investigators said. As Parilla drove away from the scene, he backed over Kondek, investigators said.
Gualtieri said Kondek, a former New York City police officer, was killed by a gunshot that struck his neck area, just above his protective vest. Tarpon Springs police and fire rescue tried to resuscitate Kondek but he died later at Florida Hospital North Pinellas.
As Parilla fled, a man stepped out of an apartment and fired a 9 mm gun five times at the Hyundai, investigators said. That man, who thought Parilla was there to confront him, was not charged with a crime Sunday.
Parilla, who partied in Pasco County before heading south to Tarpon Springs, was arrested after he crashed the car into a pole at Athens and Cross streets and fled, deputies said. He faces first-degree murder charges.
Marco Antonio Parilla Jr. is escorted into the Pinellas County Jail on Sunday after murdering Officer Charles Kondek. (TBO)