“I apologize,” Man accused of killing Florida police officer apologizes to victim’s family

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TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. – Following the deaths of two police officers in New York, a Florida officer was shot and killed.

According to the Tarpon Springs Police Department, Officer Charles Kondek was shot and killed while on his way to a call around 3 a.m.

The 45-year-old officer had been in law enforcement for 17 years and got his start with the New York Police Department.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the Kondek Family and offer our deepest sympathy to them. May Charlie rest in peace and We Will Never Forget him,” the department posted on its Facebook page.

Residents were leaving cards and flowers outside police headquarters in Tarpon Springs, where a police cruiser was parked outside to honor the fallen officer.

Authorities took Marco Antonio Parilla Jr. into custody.

As he was being escorted into jail, he had a message for Kondek’s family.

“I apologize to the family, that was not my intention,” he said.

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