Tampa Police Department, Florida
End of Watch: Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab were shot and killed while attempting to make an arrest at a traffic stop.
Officer Curtis stopped a vehicle because it did not have a visible license plate. He called for an additional unit to assist him because a male passenger 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 the suspect. The suspect drew a weapon and shot both officers at close range.
A witness called 911 to report the shooting. Officer Kocab died shortly after arriving at the hospital and Officer Curtis was pronounced dead a few hours later.
The suspect surrendered and was taken into custody four days later.
Officer Curtis had served with the Tampa police for three years and eight months and had previously served with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. He is survived by his wife and four young sons.
Dixie County Sheriff’s Office, Florida
End of Watch: Thursday, January 14, 2010
Captain Chad Reed was shot and killed in a shootout with a man wanted for murdering two elderly women and shooting two other women in Hernando County.
Following the shootings and murders, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office put out an alert for the suspect and his vehicle. The vehicle was spotted in Dixie County and deputies began to follow it with the intention of stopping it in a rural area once it passed through town.
The driver of the vehicle suddenly pulled into a gas station and then opened fire on the deputies. Captain Reed and the suspect were both wounded during the shooting. Both men were transported to Shands Hospital, where Captain Reed succumbed to his wounds.
On February 10, 2011, the subject pled guilty of murder in the first degree in connection with Captain Reed’s death and was sentenced to life in prison. In January 2012 the man was also convicted of two additional murders and subsequently sentenced to death.
Captain Reed had served with the Dixie County Sheriff’s Office for 13 years and was a graduate of the 238th session of the FBI National Academy. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Florida Highway Patrol, Florida
End of Watch: Saturday, May 15, 2010
Trooper Patrick Ambroise was killed when his patrol car was struck from behind while he was stopped on the shoulder of the Florida Turnpike, near Okeechobee Road.
A vehicle being driven on the turnpike suddenly veered onto the shoulder and struck Trooper Ambroise’s 2006 Crown Victoria from behind, causing it to burst into flames, and trapping him inside.
The driver of the vehicle that caused the crash was seriously injured.
Trooper Ambroise had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for four years. He is survived by his wife, two young daughters, mother, and five siblings.
Tampa Police Department, Florida
End of Watch: Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Corporal Mike Roberts was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious person in the Sulphur Springs area of the city.
He 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 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.
Corporal Roberts’ sergeant pulled up as the man began to flee. The man then pulled an AR-15 rifle from his shopping basket, pointed it at the sergeant, and then fled on foot. The sergeant then provided aid to Corporal Roberts, who was transported to Tampa General Hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds.
The suspect, a former US Virgin Islands police officer, surrendered a short time later after being located by a canine unit. He was armed with three handguns and the rifle when he was taken into custody. On November 15, 2011, the suspect was convicted of first-degree murder in connection with Officer Roberts’ murder and was sentenced to death on February 10, 2012.
Corporal Roberts had served with the Tampa Police Department for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and 3-year-old son.
Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Florida
End of Watch: Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Sergeant Ronnie Brown passed away as a result of complications from injuries inflicted by an inmate one week earlier.
The inmate, who was in custody on a murder charge, had refused to leave his cell in the South County Jail and broke the head off of a sprinkler. As Sergeant Brown and another deputy attempted to extract him from the cell, the inmate shoved him against a wall and then onto the floor. Other deputies pulled Sergeant Brown from the cell and then closed the door.
The next morning Sergeant Brown was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital to be treated for a back injury. The following afternoon he was taken to a second hospital where it was discovered that his back had been fractured. He underwent surgery the following day.
On September 8th Sergeant Brown’s wife discovered him deceased in his hospital room when she arrived for a visit.
Sergeant Brown had served with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for 20 years. He is survived by his wife and daughter. His wife also serves as a detention deputy with the agency.
Lakeland Police Department
End of Watch: Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Officer Arnulfo Crispin was shot and killed while making contact with suspicious individuals near Crystal Grove Drive at approximately 10:15 pm.
Officer Crispin exited his cruiser to make contact with the three subjects in a closed park and while checking one subject for weapons, was shot from behind by another.
A second officer arrived at the scene seven minutes later and found Officer Crispin unresponsive. He was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center where he underwent several hours of surgery. He remained in grave condition for two days before succumbing to his wounds.
Twelve agencies responded to search for the suspect, who turned himself in after a ten-hour manhunt.
Officer Crispin had served with the Lakeland Police Department for 18 months. He is survived by eight siblings.