Two Pasco County Sheriff’s Deputies were targeted by a drive-by shooter early Sunday in the central Florida town of Dade City according to the Tampa Bay Times.
The deputies were parked in their respective squad cars in a church parking lot when three shots were fired at them from a passing vehicle around 3:30 a.m., according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. The deputies said they heard the bullets as the passed near them. Neither deputy was wounded.
The deputies did not ID the vehicle but neighbors reported hearing the shots and seeing a ‘small dark vehicle with tinted windows in the area at the time of the incident.’
The deputies’ names have not been released.
The attempt on the lives of the deputies came hours after another Florida lawman killed in the line of duty was laid to rest. Tarpon Springs Officer Charles Kondek was shot and killed last weekend while responding to a call.
In New York City on Saturday the funeral was held for Rafael Ramos, one of two NYC officers executed last weekend in an act of vengeance for the recent deaths of two Black criminals while resisting arrest.
The drive-by in Pasco County also followed a drive-by shooting on Jacksonville, Florida firemen last Tuesday night that saw one fireman grazed by a ricochet.
The Pasco County Sheriff is also investigating graffiti threatening police that reads: “Shoot MP Cop” that appeared last week. MP reportedly stands for Meadow Pointe, a community in Pasco County.
The Times reported Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco vowed to not be ‘politically correct’ in pursuing the would-be cop assassin.
“”If they think they’re going to get away with it in this county or any other county in the Tampa Bay region, they’re absolutely kidding themselves,” Nocco said. “Because we’re going to come out in force. And we’re not going to apologize, we’re not going to be politically correct. We’re going to do what is right.””
BayNews 9 posted a plea for tips on the shooting:
“Anyone with information about the shooting or graffiti is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 727-847-8102 or 1-800-706-2488. Tips can also be provided online and anonymously at https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=615”