And it gets worse:AMPA, Fla. (AP) — A massive statewide manhunt is under way for two suspects after two Tampa police officers were killed this morning following a shooting during a traffic stop near Interstate 4.
Officer David Curtis pulled over a red Toyota Camry around 2:15 a.m. because it didn't have a visible tag.
He called for backup after a background check revealed the male passenger in the car was wanted on a misdemeanor charge for writing a worthless check, Tampa Police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said.
Six minutes after the traffic stop, a witness called to say Curtis and Officer Jeffrey Kocab had been shot.
Authorities arrived to find them lying on the ground. Kocab, 31, died. Curtis, also 31, was on life support this morning before he died, police said.
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Deepest sympathies to the families of the two fallen officers.Kocab was a 14-month veteran with the force. His wife is nine months pregnant, police said.
Curtis, a father of four boys, has nearly four years with the department, police said.
Good luck and good hunting to the LEOs searching for these lowlifes.