On June 29th 2010, Tampa Police Officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab were shot and killed while attempting to make an arrest at a traffic stop.
Officer Curtis had stopped a vehicle being driven by a female Cortnee Brantley, because it did not have a visible license plate. He called for an additional unit to assist him because a male passenger, Dontae Rashawn Morris in the car was wanted on a misdemeanor charge for writing a worthless check. When Officer Curtis arrived, he and Officer Kocab attempted to arrest Morris. When the officers attempted to arrest Morris, Morris allegedly drew a weapon and shot both officers at close range. A witness called 911 to report two police officers had been shot down. Officer Kocab died on the scene and Officer Curtis was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later.
A few hours later, Officer Kocab’s wife gave birth to their first child.
Last year Tampa Police Corporal Mike Roberts was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious person. Corporal Roberts noticed the man pushing a shopping cart along the roadway and stopped to question him. During the questioning the man began to struggle with Corporal Roberts. The suspect then produced a handgun and struck Corporal Roberts several times before shooting him once the chest. The round struck him in an area not protected by his vest.
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