TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A Tampa police officer was killed and another seriously woundedin an early Tuesday shooting during a traffic stop that hasprompted a massive manhunt for two suspects.
Officer David Curtis pulled over a red Toyota Camry around 2:15a.m. because it didn't have a visible tag. He called for back upafter a background check revealed the male passenger in the car waswanted on a misdemeanor charge for writing a worthless check, TampaPolice spokeswoman Laura McElroy said.
Six minutes after the traffic stop, a witness called to sayCurtis and Officer Jeffrey Kocab had been shot. Authorities arrivedto find them lying on the ground. Kocab, 31, died. Curtis, also 31,was on life support Tuesday, police said.
Helicopters, police dogs and dozens of officers searched for thepassenger, who is believed to be the shooter. A female who wasdriving the car was also being sought, McElroy said.
"We know they are armed and extremely dangerous," McElroy said."We don't know what else they're capable of."
Authorities had IDs on both suspects, but weren't sure if theywere stolen.
Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor and Mayor Pam Iorio announcedKocab's death at a news conference at the hospital where theofficers were taken. Dozens of somber officers filled thehospital.
"Our hearts are just breaking. It is so very tragic," Ioriosaid.
Kocab was a 14-month veteran with the force. His wife is ninemonths pregnant, police said.
Curtis, a father of four boys, has nearly four years with thedepartment, police said.
This is the second officer shooting in southwest Florida in lessthan a week. Two Polk County deputies were shot early Friday inLakeland after stopping a man riding a bicycle. They are expectedto recover.
Associated Press writer Kelli Kennedy contributed to this reportin Miami.
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