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Two police officers shot dead in Florida

Two police officers have been shot dead during a traffic stop in Florida, officials said.

Officer David Curtis pulled over a red Toyota Camry because it didn't have a visible licence plate.

He called for back-up after a background check revealed the male passenger in the car was wanted for writing a worthless cheque, Tampa Police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said.

The two officers approached the passenger side of the car. Six minutes after the traffic stop, a witness called to say Curtis and Officer Jeffrey Kocab had been shot.

Authorities arrived to find them lying on the ground. The officers, both 31, were pronounced dead in hospital, police said.

Helicopters, police dogs and dozens of officers in bulletproof vests searched for the passenger, who is believed to be the gunman.

A woman who was driving the car is also being sought, Ms McElroy said.


From Belfast Telegraph