It’s just one week since a Tarpon Springs Police officer was shot and killed, and two NYPD officers were gunned down while sitting in their police car. “There’s a lot of times you thank God that you made it home at the end of your shift,” Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said. Two Pasco deputies are doing just that after three bullets narrowly missed them while sitting in their patrol cars. “One of our deputies says he actually hears it whizzing by his car,” Sheriff Nocco said.
Bullets started flying just after 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning. Deputies were sitting in separate patrol cars outside Northside Baptist Church in Dade City. Both were doing routine traffic patrol. “They have no idea where these shots are coming from,” Sheriff Nocco said.
Some living in the area reported seeing a small, dark colored vehicle with tinted windows. Pastor Aaron Adams says his church’s parking lot serves as a hub for deputies. “This is a good place for them to convene,” Pastor Adams said. “They unload their horses here from the posse and go out and visit with this neighborhood.”
All this happening at a time when tensions are high among law enforcement. On Saturday, Tarpon Springs bid farewell to beloved Officer Charles Kondek killed in the line of duty last weekend. In New York thousands attended a funeral for the first of two officers ambushed and killed last week. Then yesterday in Arizona, a rookie police officer was shot in the face and died. “We need prayer right now. There’s a lot of violence going on right now in our community,” Sheriff Nocco said. “There’s a lot of people threatening law enforcement.”
Sheriff Nocco says he needs more help and information from the community. He also reassured everyone that those responsible for the shooting will be brought to justice. “Our citizens absolutely deserve to be safe, our deputies deserve to be safe, and our family members deserve to have their loved ones come home at the end of their shifts,” Sheriff Nocco said.
If you have any information the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office urges you to call them at (727) 847-8102 or 1-800-706-2488.
Tips can also be provided anonymously at https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=615
There is a $3,000 dollar reward currently being offered for any information leading to an arrest.
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SOURCE: ABC Action News