Police Officer Charles Roger Kondek, Jr

Police Officer Charles Roger Kondek, Jr

Tarpon Springs Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, December 21, 2014

Charles Roger Kondek, Jr

Police Officer Charlie Kondek was shot and killed while responding to a noise complaint call at 199 Grand Boulevard.

Residents of an apartment complex had called police because a man who had been knocking on apartment doors at approximately 2:00 am. When Officer Kondek arrived at the scene he was shot by the subject. The subject, who had recently been released from prison on parole, then drove over Officer Kondek as he fled the scene.

The subject was arrested a short distance away after crashing into a utility pole and parked car. He plead guilty to first degree murder and was sentenced to life March 23, 2018.

Officer Kondek had served with the Tarpon Springs Police Department for 17 years and had previously served with the New York City Police Department for five years. He is survived by his wife and six children.

Bio

  • Age 45
  • Tour 22 years
  • Badge 285

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

noise complaint

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I was sitting at my kitchen table reading about the sentencing hearing when I looked up and saw your name, etched on the National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall, framed and hanging on my wall. I remembered when you, Ed Miller and I went to the Lighting game long ago, around 2000, 2001 or so. Ed started joking around about going to Mons Venus on the way home, teasing that if Teresa found out, she'd let you have it. We didn't go, of course. But the laugh was great anyway.

It was my honor escort you to the medical examiner, and wait with you there that awful morning. I carry your coin everywhere, and it has traveled the world with me. When in NYC last year I met with some of your old co-workers from the 34th precinct, and two of the older men remembered you well, a testament to kind of man you were. They escorted me and Heidi around Washington Heights, showing me where it was you would have patrolled. Seemed the least I could do for a good man like you. I gave them another coin I had, and a pamphlet from your funeral, and they now rest in a display case in the 34th.

I think about you often, and will continue to do so. And I sometimes faintly hear your goofy laugh when you told jokes in read off on relief shift .

Rest easy, friend.

Barry T. Wireman
TSPD retired

March 23, 2018

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