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Officer William D. Krikava | Tampa Police Department, Florida Tampa Police Department, Florida

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William D. Krikava

Tampa Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Friday, January 1, 1965

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to life

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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.

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Tammy
I don't know if you remember me. I was in your class at Ballast Point. I remember your dad and his tragic death. God bless you and your daughter.

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