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TRAFFIC STOP GOES HORRIBLY WRONG

"The crime scene was horrible," said Tampa police Officer Jeremy Larson, one of the first responders at the scene where two police officers were shot dead early Tuesday morning. Here is how the events unfolded:

. 2:15 a.m.: Officer David Curtis tries to pull over a red 1994 Toyota Camry that has no visible tag at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and 50th Street in Tampa. Car stops at 50th Street and 23rd Avenue. Cortnee Brantley is driving and Dontae Morris is in the passenger seat, police say.

- Curtis asks for IDs and discovers a Jacksonville warrant for Morris' arrest on a bad check charge. He calls for backup. Officer Jeffrey Kocab responds.

- The two officers try to arrest Morris, but he shoots them at close range, police say.Morris runs away. Brantley drives off.

- Six minutes after the traffic stop, a passer-by sees the officers and calls 911.

. 2:23 a.m.: Police arrive on the scene and begin CPR on Curtis and Kocab. The officers are soon taken to Tampa General Hospital.

. 6:30 a.m.: Mayor Pam Iorio and Police Chief Jane Castor announce Kocab has died.

- Police and Hillsborough sheriff's deputies set up a perimeter from MLK to Interstate 4 and 40th to 50th streets. Traffic is blocked for hours; northbound lanes reopen by 7:30 a.m.

. 8:40 a.m.: Curtis is pronounced dead; police say his family asked that his organs be donated.

. 10 a.m.:Tips lead officers to Bristol Bay Apartments, 4809 Bristol Bay Way

. 11:20 a.m.:Iorio says Kocab's wife, who is nine months pregnant, is in labor.

. 12:55 p.m.: Police announcethey've found Brantley in unit 202 of the Bristol Bay Apartments. Detectives also find the car there. It's not clear who the car belongs to.

. 2 p.m.: Castor, at a news conference, makes a plea for public help finding Morris. Moments later, another news conference was held at police headquarters, where colleagues and friends of the officers share memories.

. 4:20 p.m.: Police have a warrant for Morris' arrest on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

. 7:28 p.m.: The reward for information leading to an arrest is now $95,000.

. 11 p.m.: Search for Dontae Morris continues late into the night. Brantley is released without charges, Chief Castor says.

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Times staff writers Alexandra Zayas, Marlene Sokol, Nandini Jayakrishna, Jessica Vander Velde, Shelley Rossetter, Danny Valentine, Robbyn Mitchell, Ben Montgomery, Lane DeGregory, Janet Zink, Colleen Jenkins, John Martin, Tim Rozgonyi, Kim Wilmath, Skip O'Rourke, Justin George, Jamal Thalji, Laura J. Nelson and Jared Leone contributed to this report

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