Cop shot and killed near Tampa, Fla. is a former NYPD officer

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(CNN) — A police officer in Tarpon Springs, Florida, was shot and killed early Sunday, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said.

A suspect is in custody.

The fatal shooting occurred in a residential area in the predawn hours, said Cecilia Barreda from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

The slain officer, Charles Kondek, was a 17-year veteran of the Tarpon Springs Police Department.

Kondek, 45, was a New York City police officer for five years before moving to Florida, the sheriff’s office said. He grew up in North Massapequa on Long Island and played football for Plainedge High School, Newsday reported.

Officer Charles Kondek was shot and killed near Tampa, Fla. early Sunday. (Photo: Courtesy of Pinellas County Police Department)

Officer Charles Kondek was shot and killed near Tampa, Fla. early Sunday. (Photo: Courtesy of Pinellas County Police Department)

The sheriff’s office identified the suspect as Marco Antonio Parilla Jr., 23.

Parilla faces a charge of first-degree murder.

The sheriff’s office and local police are investigating.

Tarpon Springs is located on Florida’s Gulf Coast about 10 miles northwest of Tampa.

Kondek is the father of five children, the Tampa Bay Times reported.