TPD fires suspected killer’s aunt

July 14th, 2010 by Staff staff report

TAMPA - The Tampa Police Department has fired Carolyn Riggins, the aunt of a man suspected of shooting and killing two Tampa police officers.

Riggins is the aunt of Dontae Morris, who is suspected of shooting and killing Officer Jeffrey Kocab and Officer David Curtis during a traffic stop June 29.

Investigators say Riggins withheld information about “persons who were wanted for questioning and/or arrest.”

“At no time did Carolyn Riggins come forward, after the investigation commenced and the suspects were clearly identified, to assist in locating the suspects, or to offer assistance and information,” a release from TPD said.

Carolyn Riggins was first suspended from the department without pay last week. Her interview, officers said, was full of inconsistent statements, and she disputed the investigation.

Riggins, Dontae Morris’ aunt, was found to have withheld information vital to catching her nephew. Investigators say she also withheld information about the whereabouts of her daughter, who was arrested with a gun and cocaine in the company of Morris’ brother, Dwayne Callaway.

The investigation also found that Riggins passed on information about the investigation to her relatives.

Riggins was considered a model employee, and Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor said that she was aiding fugitives, is what she called a devastating blow.

There’s no word yet whether Riggins will face any criminal charges beyond her firing.

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