Killed in the line of duty
Other law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in the Tampa Bay area in recent years:
Sgt. Thomas Baitinger and Officer Jeffrey A. Yaslowitz, Jan. 24, 2011.
Officers were attempting to serve a warrant on a fugitive suspect. Baitinger and Yaslowitz were shot and killed in a confrontation with the armed man in the attic of the house. The body of suspect Hydra Lacy Jr. was found hours later in the house.
Deputy Mark Alan Longway, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Sept. 21, 2010.
Longway was killed in a vehicle accident in downtown Tampa when his patrol car collided with a semitrailer truck. He had just completed his shift.
Officer Jeffrey Kocab and Officer David Curtis, Tampa Police Department, June 29, 2010.
Both officers were shot and killed after a traffic stop. Dontae Morris is awaiting trial for the shootings.
Cpl. Mike Roberts, Tampa Police Department, Aug. 19, 2009.
Roberts was shot after trying to subdue a man with a Taser in the Sulphur Springs area of Tampa. The suspect, a former U.S. Virgin Islands police officer, surrendered and is awaiting trial.
Capt. Scott Michael Bierwiler, Hernando County Sheriff's Office, Feb. 19, 2009.
Bierwiler was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on south of Brooksville.
Sgt. Ronald Harrison, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Aug. 15, 2007.
Harrison was shot as he sat in his patrol car after leaving a DUI checkpoint in Brandon. His assailant was later killed by a SWAT team.
Detective Juan A. Serrano, Tampa Police Department, Feb. 25, 2006.
Serrano was killed when his vehicle was struck by a hit-and-run driver, who was later charged.
Deputy David Anthony Abella, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, April 21, 2004.
Abella was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a call at a local convenience store.
Lt. Charles "Bo" Harrison, Pasco County Sheriff's Office, June 1, 2003.
Harrison was shot in the back with a high-powered rifle while on surveillance near a nightclub in Lacoochee. His killer was sentenced to life in prison.
Officer Lois Marrero, Tampa Police Department, July 6, 2001.
Marrero was shot when she was ambushed by a bank robber during a foot chase. The suspect later committed suicide. An accomplice in the robbery was sentenced to life in prison.
Source: The Officer Down Memorial Page, Times files