Tarpon Springs Police Officer Shot to Death

TARPON SPRINGS, FL – The killing and injuring of police officers in the Ferguson, MO and Staten Island aftermath apparently has touched they tranquil, idyllic community of Tarpon Springs, FL – which has the highest percentage of Greeks per capita in the United States.

At 3AM on the morning of December 21, Charles Kondek, a 17-year veteran of the Tarpon Springs Police Department, was shot and killed on Grand Boulevard in the historic section of town, a five-minute walk from Tarpon’s famous Sponge Docks. ABC News reported.

The killer, in custody, is 23 year-old Marco Antonio Parilla, Jr., who had gone to the Villa Plumosa apartments looking for someone who apparently turned him in for violating his probation. Parilla’s female companion, sitting in their vehicle played music loudly, and refused to turn it down when a resident complained. That’s when they police were called, and Kondek responded to a violation of a noise ordinance.

NBC news reported that Parilla shot Kondek dead, then fled the scene and was apprehended shortly thereafter.

This is a particular shock to the community, as this marks only the fifth killing of an on-duty Tarpon Springs officer. The other four occurred in 1893, 1921, 1926, and 1969.



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