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Local prosecutors investigate cop shooting suspect

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Updated: 6/30/2010 11:46 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Action News has learned that local prosecutors are investigating a Jacksonville warrant that was issued for the man accused of gunning down two Tampa police officers.

Investigators are trying to figure out if Dantae Morris was really the one who wrote the bad checks here in Jacksonville in the first place. The problem is Morris was in jail on another charge when the checks were cashed.

It's a tough night on the streets for police officers. They're trying to do their jobs, but their minds are on the deaths of two of their own.

"Our hearts are just breaking. It is so very tragic," said Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor.

While police in Tampa are patrolling the streets, they're searching hard for Dontae Morris. He's also wanted in Jacksonville for writing bad checks. According to paperwork we obtained, Morris wrote the bad checks at two Westside Publix's. One for $112. The other for $187.

Police say Morris gunned down two police officers early Tuesday morning after being pulled over.

"When it comes to both of them they're spectacular individuals and two of the nicest people you will ever meet. Truly today we lost two of Tampa's finest," said fellow officer Whitney McCormick.

Morris is accused of shooting Officers Jeffrey Kocab and Dave Curtis. The officers discovered Morris had a warrant in Jacksonville, after pulling him over for driving without a license plate. That's when the shoot-out began, after the two officers tried to arrest him.

Police say a woman, Cortnee Brantley was driving the car Morris took off in. Brantley is now in police custody, and being questioned.

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