Skip to comments.2 Tampa police officers fatally shot during traffic stop
Posted on 06/29/2010 6:18:15 AM PDT by jwparkerjr
TAMPA - Two Tampa police officers died from injuries sustained during a shooting while they conducted a traffic stop early this morning. A massive search is under way for the suspects a man and woman in a red 1994 Toyota Camry. Officer Jeffrey Kocab, 31, had been with the department for about 14 months and leaves behind a wife who is nine months pregnant. Officer Dave Curtis, 31, had been with the department for almost four years and has four young children.
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Details are sketchy, but it's know they were attempting to arrest a male passenger on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.
The story is being updated by TBO as more becomes available.
The perp is wanted for a bad check in Jacksonville, maybe they didn’t think it was serious enough to expect trouble. That is always a mistake!
God bless these officers & comfort their families.
They finally admitted it was two young blacks. Took them all night. Gang bangers who think they can act out because they are opressed and that justifies their actions against Whitey. The Cops should profile these domestic terrorists.
How sad, two young men with young families, doing their job to protect us all. Heartbreaking.
The perp is a sheer genius: try to avoid a misdemeanor by murdering 2 policemen in a state that’s among the top of the list of those that actually execute murderers.
Hillsborough deputies are helping search for the Camry's occupants. The driver is a black female. The passenger is a black man in his mid- to late 20s. He's about 5-foot-10 and 150 to 170 pounds. He has a 1-inch afro and was last seen wearing brown shorts, a white shirt, a black vest and white sneakers, McElroy said.
Lots of unanswered questions here, obviously. At the presser, police chief stated that body armor was not an issue, thus we can assume that both were shot in the head. Perp was obviously not handcuffed.
Horribly tragic. What else can be said.
“World peace 1.20.09.”
i am sure we will find out that the shooter has alot more than a bad check writing charge....they already said on the radio this morning that he has a long rap sheet....they suspect that they are trying to make it back to the jacksonville area where the shooter donte’ has a girlfriend and has been seen there on many occassions....
there has been a rash of cops being killed in the last year and a half across this country....127 last year and so far 88 to date this year....what would be interesting to know is the breakdown of the shooters....
black, white, hispanic etc....
prayers up for these policemens families.....
Freaking animals. Kill for a bad check.
The last guy that shot a cop was caught and had about 50 bullets in him. I guess the search party will carry more ammo this time?
These murderers should be hanged. No life without parole, just hang them before they continue to infect the gene pool.
Sounds like they were operating in Condition “White”. Very dangerous to be in during any arrest situation.
“In White you are unprepared and unready to take lethal action. If you are attacked in White you will probably die unless your adversary is totally inept.
In Yellow you bring yourself to the understanding that your life may be in danger and that you may have to do something about it.
In Orange you have determined upon a specific adversary and are prepared to take action which may result in his death, but you are not in a lethal mode.
In Red you are in a lethal mode and will shoot if circumstances warrant.”
Col Jeff Cooper
If found these two are short lived! You don’t shoot two officers here in Florida and live long to tell about it. What did the Sheriff in Polk County say the last time they killed a cop killer? “Sheriff why did the officers use 68 rounds to bring the suspect down? Sheriff: That’s all the ammunition that had!”
“Freaking animals. Kill for a bad check.”
Animals almost always kill for a reason.
These are amoral savages.
Killed two cops in cold blood? I think the death penalty is a given here, and well-deserved.
re: always a mistake!
My son is a uniformed officer here in Florida. It’s amazing how easy it is to let your guard down, even at 2 am. He says you promise yourself you’re going to stay alert and then you realize you’ve done something you know full well you shouldn’t have done and that it could have ended very poorly.
Frankly, if I were being stopped at 2 am for not having a visible license plate I would expect to be treated pretty officially. Certainly not badly, but I would expect to see an officer on guard for his or her safety.
I NEVER drive past an officer on a stop without slowing down and taking notice of what’s going on. If it’s early in the event, the officer has not gotten out of his car yet, I will often pull over a bit down the road and just watch for a moment to see what’s going on. Not that I would be of any help to him or her in the event of trouble, but I could at least make sure they got help quickly.
We live in an increasingly dangerous and unpredictable world. And there’s really nothing being done to improve the situation. All we ever hear is about cut backs in police service, and you have to know that each one increases the danger to them.
Thoughts and prayers to those involved in this event. It’s going to be a sad Fourth for several Tampa families.
I work 2 minutes from where this all went down. I had to completely divert my commute path to get the office this morning. There are choppers everywhere around the area and LEOs are stacked up and down 50th street.
The perp was wanted on a fraudulent check charge. Apparently he was asked to get out of the car, questioned, and when the cops were walking back to their cruisers, they were both shot in the head. One dead, one not expected to make it.
Somebody get the Reverend Al Sharpton on the line!!
Looks to me like Tampa Police will be racially profiling to find the perpetrators. Rev. Sharpton and Jackson do no like profiling. Of course, the way to solve this is to stop as many whites as blacks to find the culprits. Then there would be no profiling. Is not this profiling stuff a bunch of crap?
Obama gave them permission to kill?
Be a crying shame if something were to happen to the perps while ‘resisting arrest’...a real shame.
This is an example of WHY you get cops punching overly aggressive young girls in the face... because it’s justified.
A simple stop, and two cops aren’t coming home tonite.
When I’m pulled over (which is rare), it’s always “Ma’am and Sir”, and if I was speeding I simply say “I have no excuse, I was speeding.”
A little advice to all the cop-haters: the above usually results in a verbal warning and a “have a nice day and slow down”....
I can’t wait for the day when these two POS’s are strapped to a gurney, needles stuck into their arms and the Sodium Thiopental starts to flow.
From several accounts, the female driver was in the car and the male was asked to step out. Why they LEOs didn’t search him before they questioned him is beyond me. 2 AM in this part of town, you don’t take ANY risks. This part of Tampa is riddled with crime and is only a few miles away from where another Tampa LEO lost his life last year.
Perp was obviously not handcuffed.
Perhaps he was shouting, “Rodney King, Rodney King, Rodney King” and, as such, the police did not want to handcuff him and be accused by City Council or the Mayor’s Office of police brutality!
What a horrifying story.
God Bless these brave men and help their families through the very hard times ahead. Bless the little baby who will never know her father.
I guess their only chance is to call a reporter and be escorted arms-high into a police station while on camera.
When asked why he was shot so many times, the sheriff said because that was all the bullets they had.
Prayers for their families and friends.
Permission? No. Lunacy of the belief that we’d have “world peace.”
Black America can finally feel liberated because "one of them" sits in the 'House. Racist whites acknowledged their mistakes and gave them what was owed them. End of racial squabbles. Whites are no longer then enemy. Peace at last. Utopia. Baraq Hussein Obama is the president.
At the rate this country is decaying; I don't believe police officers should be taking any risks anywhere anymore...
Screw the Sodium Thiopental. I say they u se liquid Drano!
Screw the Sodium Thiopental. I say they use liquid Draino!
I’ve been following this tragic story since I got up this morning to get ready for work. The car was stopped because it had no license plate on it.
The second officer died a little while ago. Once again, Tampa has lost two people police officers who were only doing their jobs.
I have no words to properly convey how much hatred I have for worthless lumps of manure like these two killers.
I prefer injecting them with Potassium Chloride, the drug that causes the actual respiratory and cardiac arrest, without the benefit of the barbiturate that first knocks them unconscious. Let them feel the excruciating pain when they die. Then dump their worthless bodies in the city landfill.
I prefer injecting them with Potassium Chloride, the drug that causes respiratory and cardiac arrest, without the benefit of the barbiturate that first knocks them unconscious. Let them feel the excruciating pain when they die. Then dump their worthless bodies in the city landfill.
“At the rate this country is decaying; I don’t believe police officers should be taking any risks anywhere anymore...”
I GUARANTEE you my area of St. Louis is MUCH safer than this particular area of Tampa.
Bluntly, the difference is in the racial demographics.
Well said. Thank you.
Awful. Prayers for the families.
Good strategy, but it has never has worked for me. If I’m stopped, the pad always comes out. I even keep my hands visible on the wheel and turn on the interior dome light if its night time.
Do you have an attractive bustline?
As for profiling? Do it...lives on the line; we can whine about the 'hurt feelings' later...
I can live with that. It’s high time for criminals to begin getting the justice they deserve swiftly and without mercy.
That would be Polk county which is next door to Tampa. We can hope though, that Tampa PD took training with Sheriff Grady Judd.
I suspect that any minute now, some worthless Kenyan @sshole will say that “the police acted stupidly.”