Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Manhunt for Suspect Reaches First Coast; Police Say There's Evidence He Fled Here after 2 Tampa Officers Slain

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Manhunt for Suspect Reaches First Coast; Police Say There's Evidence He Fled Here after 2 Tampa Officers Slain

Article excerpt

Byline: JEFF BRUMLEY

The three-day manhunt for the accused Tampa cop killer reached into Jacksonville on Thursday, the day it was learned Dontae Rashawn Morris is wanted for questioning in three other killings, authorities said.

The FBI and Tampa police said they had "received credible tips" Morris fled to Jacksonville after Tampa police officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab were shot to death during a traffic stop about 2:15 a.m. Tuesday. While the focus of the manhunt for Morris, 24, would remain in Tampa, they said "it is also extending into North Florida."

Jacksonville police said a search on Atlantic Boulevard near Florida 9A Thursday afternoon didn't turn up the suspect. Assistant Chief Robert Connor said investigators contacted two people possibly having information in the case, but no arrests were made.

Several officers also rushed to a home in the 900 block of First Avenue South about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday after getting a tip that the suspect had been seen at the house. Six people were searched and interviewed, but Sgt. Thomas Bingham said the call was probably bogus.

Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor called Morris "a cold-blooded killer" during a Thursday news conference, The Associated Press reported. But police declined to release details on the other slayings linked to him.

As events unfolded Thursday, State Attorney Angela Corey responded to questions about why Morris was released from a Florida prison despite having warrants for his arrest on bad check charges in Jacksonville.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said Thursday it's still trying to determine why it declined to arrest Morris upon his release from prison in April, even though it was notified and one of the three warrants was a felony.

Corey said the warrants - known as capiases because charges had already been filed - shouldn't have been issued in the first place because Morris was in prison on a drug conviction when the bad checks were written. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.