TAMPA — Dontae Rashawn Morris, the man wanted in the killings early Tuesday morning of Tampa police officers David Curtis and Jeffrey Kocab, is under arrest, police said Friday night.
“I can’t tell you how relieved the men and women of the Tampa Police Department are,” Police Chief Jane Castor said at 11:05 p.m. “Thank God he’s under arrest.”
Morris, 24, also is a suspect in two other homicides and a person of interest in a fifth slaying, police say.Curtis and Kocab, both 31, were each shot in the head after Curtis pulled over a red 1994 Toyota Camry about 2:15 a.m. Tuesday morning. After discovering an active arrest warrant for Morris, a passenger in the Camry, Curtis called for backup and Kocab arrived.
Morris somehow managed to kill both and ran into the darkness, police said. He spent the next four days eluding hundreds of local, state and federal officers who offered a $100,000 reward, pursued nearly 400 tips and combed East Tampa for him.
Castor said the driver of the Camry, 22-year-old Cortnee Nicole Brantley, also was arrested and charged with witnessing a felony and not reporting it.
“This is a very emotional evening for every police officer and every law enforcement officer in the bay area,” Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio said. “Tonight everyone in Tampa can sleep easier because Dontae Morris is off the street.”