TARPON SPRINGS, FL – The killing and injuring of police officers in the Ferguson, MO and Staten Island aftermath apparently has touched they tranquil, idyllic community of Tarpon Springs, FL – which has the highest percentage of Greeks per capita in the United States.
At 3AM on the morning of December 21, a police officer in the line of duty was shot and killed on Grand Boulevard in the historic section of town, a five-minute walk from Tarpon’s famous Sponge Docks. ABC News reported.
At this time, the officer’s name was not released, and neither was the suspect’s who is in custody.
No motive for the shooting has been reported, and so it is unknown whether it was in retaliation to the uproar caused by the Ferguson and Staten Island grand juries’ failure to indict police officers who killed unarmed, African-Americans who resisted arrest. USA Today reported that the police were investigating a possible break-in, so it is more likely the shooting was not linked to any post-Ferbuson/Staten Island retaliation.
This is a particular shock to the community, as this marks only the fifth killing of an on-duty Tarpon Springs officer. The other four occurred in 1893, 1921, 1926, and 1969.