Police Officer Charles Kondek Tarpon Springs Police Department, Florida End of Watch: Sunday, December 21, 2014

Police Officer Charles Kondek | Tarpon Springs Police Department, FloridaTarpon Springs Police Department, Florida

Police Officer Charles Kondek

Tarpon Springs Police Department, Florida
End of Watch: Sunday, December 21, 2014

Biographical Info

Age: 45
Tour of Duty: 22 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: December 21, 2014
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Apprehended

Agency Contact Information

Chief of Police Robert Kochen
Tarpon Springs Police Department
444 S Huey Avenue
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
Phone: (727) 938-2849

Police Officer Charlie Kondek was shot and killed while responding to a noise complaint call at 199 Grand Boulevard.
Residents of an apartment complex had called police because a man who had been knocking on apartment doors at approximately 2:00 am. When Officer Kondek arrived at the scene he was shot by the subject.
The man then fled in a vehicle but was apprehended a short distance away after crashing into a utility pole and parked car.
Officer Kondek had served with the Tarpon Springs Police Department for 17 years and had previously served with the New York City Police Department for five years. He is survived by his wife and five children.

A Tarpon Springs police officer was shot and killed early Sunday morning while responding to a 911 nuisance call.

Pinellas County deputies say officer Charles Kondek, 45, was a shot by Marco Antonio Parilla Jr., 23, near an apartment complex located on 199 Grand Blvd. in Tarpon Springs.

Ofc. Kondek was rushed to Florida Hospital North Pinellas where he was pronounced dead.

Kondek was a 17-year-veteran of the Tarpon Springs Police Department.  He also served over five years as a NYPD officer before moving to Florida.  Kondek leaves behind a wife and five children. 

"We grieve as an agency.  We grieve for his family who has suffered a great loss today," said Tarpon Springs Police Chief Robert Kochen. "He was murdered by a coward."

Parilla has been arrested and charged with one-count of first degree murder.  He currently being held at the Pinellas County Jail in Clearwater.

What happened?

According to Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri, Kondek responded to a 911 nuisance call at 2:03 a.m. He immediately called for back up.

Gualtieri said Kondek confronted Parilla who then fired 7 rounds at the scene. Then, Parilla sped off in a white Hyundai and ran over Kondek has he laid on the ground.

The sheriff explained that shots were also being fired at Parilla by another man as he raced away.

Parilla lost control of the car and slammed into a pole then into a vehicle about a half mile away near the intersection of Athens and Cross Street. He started to run, but was taken down by an officer during a foot chase.

Kondek was able to fire two shots. He was wearing a bullet proof vest, but one shot entered his neck and lodged into his spine. 

During an interview with detectives, Parilla said he "felt like a caged rat."

When asked by reporters why he killed Officer Kondek, Parilla responded, "I apologize to the family. That was not my intention."

Tarpon Springs Mayor David Archie said during a news conference on Sunday that Charlie was a true hero.

"This is senseless. We will stand strong and face this tragedy," Archie said. "We want the family to know that we stand with them."

The following was posted on the department’s Facebook page:

"It is with deep regret and great sadness to report the death of Officer Charles "Charlie K" Kondek… Our hearts and prayers go out to the Kondek Family and offer our deepest sympathy to them. May Charlie rest in peace and we will never forget him."

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and the Tarpon Springs Police Department continue to investigate the shooting.

Governor Rick Scott issued the following statement on the death of Tarpon Springs Police Officer Charles Kondek:

“We are saddened by the death of Officer Charles Kondek who was killed in the line of duty early this morning.  Ann and I pray that God provides comfort to his loved ones and all those who have been affected by this terrible tragedy.

Last month, Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Smith was also killed in the line of duty. Each loss of a law enforcement officer is heartbreaking and losing two heroes in less than a month is a cry for peace and a signal to all Floridians to pray for our men and women in uniform who protect our communities each day. 

As we celebrate the holidays, I hope and pray that Floridians can come together and foster a peace that will prevent future tragedies in our state. Our law enforcement bravely and selflessly risk their lives to protect us and as Governor I am always thinking about how we can thank and strengthen the men and women who wear the uniform and serve our families.  Ann and I join all Floridians in honoring our fallen heroes and we will continue to pray that God watch over all of our law enforcement officers and their families.”

Action News discovered Parilla has served time in prison and has a long list of charges out of Hillsborough County.

Court records shows on Oct. 13, 2014, a violation of probation warrant was issued for him.

Parilla had five arrests according to Hillsborough County Jail records. Three of those occurred in 2009, with the most recent being in August of 2011.

According to information from the Department of Corrections, Parilla was in prison from December 2011 until March 2014. 

He was charged and convicted of:

  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Delivery of a controlled substance
  • Delivery of cocaine
  • Possession of cocaine
  • Dealing in stolen property
  • Trafficking in drugs
  • Leaving scene of a crash with injury 
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