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Marco Antonio Parilla Jr., 23, center, is escorted into the Pinellas County Jail after being arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder after a police officer was shot and killed while on duty

Marco Antonio Parilla Jr., 23, center, is escorted into the Pinellas County Jail after being arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder after a police officer was shot and killed while on duty

A forensic science investigator with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office investigates the scene where 45-year-old Tarpon Springs police officer Charles Kondek was shot and killed, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Tarpon Springs, Fla. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that police have arrested 23-year-old Marco Antonio Parilla Jr. on suspicion of first-degree murder

A forensic science investigator with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office investigates the scene where 45-year-old Tarpon Springs police officer Charles Kondek was shot and killed, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Tarpon Springs, Fla. The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that police have arrested 23-year-old Marco Antonio Parilla Jr. on suspicion of first-degree murder

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Marco Antonio Parilla Jr., 23, center, is escorted into the Pinellas County Jail after being arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder after a police officer was shot and killed while on duty

A police officer shot dead in Florida was killed by a fugitive trying to evade a warrant.

After the shooting, Marco Parilla (23) got into his car and ran over officer Charles Kondek then crashed into a pole and another vehicle. Parilla was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder.

The shooting in Tarpon Springs, a Greek-populated fishing village in the Tampa Bay area, does not appear to have any connection to the ambush killings of two New York police officers.

Officer Kondek (45), a father of six, was killed after responding to a nuisance call at about 2am at a flats complex. Parilla was pounding on doors looking for a neighbour who "dimed him out" to police, authorities said.

When Parilla saw the officer, he fired multiple rounds, striking him once above his bullet-proof vest.

According to the Florida Department of Corrections, Parilla served more than two years in prison for several offences including drug charges and was released in March. He was listed as a fugitive for breaking his probation conditions.

Parilla told police investigators that when he saw the officer he "felt like a caged rat" and did not want to return to prison.

Parilla then got in his car and ran over the officer before crashing into a pole and another vehicle, police said.

"I apologise to the family of the officer," he told reporters while being escorted to jail. "That was not my intention."

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