TAMPA — Police on Monday released the last recorded radio transmission among Cpl. Michael J. Roberts, dispatchers and backup officers from the night Roberts was shot dead.
The recording begins with Roberts telling a dispatcher that he is investigating a suspicious person at Nebraska Avenue and Arctic Street, using the code Signal 80. Roberts uses his call sign, Lincoln 61, to identify himself.
The recording continues with calls from officers investigating other activities around town. About 3-1/2 minutes later, Roberts clicks his radio on again, and a few seconds of static and struggling comes through to dispatch.
"Lincoln 61?" a dispatcher operator asks.
The dispatcher calls other officers to respond to Roberts' location for backup, and several radio that they're on their way.
The dispatcher calls for Roberts again, asking, "10-34?" which in police code means, Is everything OK?
Again to Roberts, "10-34?"
Sgt. Paul Mumford is the first to arrive, calling dispatch to report that more backup is needed as soon as possible, that there is an armed man fleeing on Arctic and that "Lincoln 61 is down."