Officer William D. Krikava

Officer William D. Krikava

Tampa Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Friday, January 1, 1965

William D. Krikava

Officer William Krikava was shot and killed while investigating a burglary in progress.

He was flagged down by a dress shop owner while on patrol. As he entered the rear fitting room of the business, he surprised a man and his wife stealing clothes. The male suspect opened fire, striking Officer Krikava six times. Officer Krikava was able to return fire and wound the suspect.

Both suspects were apprehended and charged with first degree murder. Both were convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on July 20, 1965. In 1979 the man had his appeal for a new trial denied.


  • Age 35
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Tammy, your dad loved Dougie so much. He would stop by most days,have a glass of tea and spend time with Dougie. Your dad would turn over in his grave if he knew how you have slandered Doug. Have you no decency ?

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Heart broken aunt..

September 23, 2018

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