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Tarpon Springs Cop First Police Officer Shot Dead in the Town Since 1926

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As details emerge about the fatal shooting of a Tarpon Springs, Florida, police officer, one thing is clear: Officers taking deadly fire in the town of 23,000 is not an everyday occurrence.

According to the Tarpon Springs Police Department, the male officer gunned down around 3 a.m. Sunday could be the first Tarpon Springs cop to be killed in the line of duty since 1969 — and the first to die from gunfire since 1926.

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Below are the Tarpon Springs police officers who were killed in the line of duty prior to Sunday's shooting:

Police Officer Lanny Rhea Langford

Tarpon Springs Police Department

EOW: Tuesday, November 18, 1969

Cause: Automobile accident

Patrolman Everett E. Blewfield

Tarpon Springs Police Department

EOW: Monday, August 16, 1926

Cause: Gunfire

Marshal Rueben T. Jones

Tarpon Springs Police Department

EOW: Saturday, August 27, 1921

Cause: Gunfire

Marshal "Rat" Whitehurst

Tarpon Springs Police Department

EOW: July 4, 1893

Cause: Gunfire

(H/T: WFTS-TV)

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