Officer William D. Krikava

Officer William D. Krikava

Tampa Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Friday, January 1, 1965

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William D. Krikava

Officer William Krikava was shot and killed while investigating a burglary in progress at a store at 1714 South Dale Mabry Highway.

He was flagged down by a dress shop owner shortly after midnight. 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 20th, 1965. In 1979 the man had his appeal for a new trial denied.

Officer Krikava had served with the Tampa Police Department for 10 years. He was survived by his wife and five children.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

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


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Tonight on the 56th anniversary of your murder I am sitting in the backyard of the house that we lived in when you were here ,enjoying a campfire with one of your granddaughters that you were denied the chance of loving. I am telling her stories that I remember of you. I was blessed today with a call from one of your fellow officers He shared with me some of what he remembered about you as a friend and fellow officer Thank you Russell and what a perfect day to call and share with me. He gave me something special. A glimpse of the man that I knew with a child’s heart and he knew as an adult.
Missing you today and everyday
Tammy Krikava

Tammy Krikava

December 31, 2020

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