On September 4th, 1991, Officer Kolodziej was shot and killed as he arrived on a 9-1-1 emergency call. He was struck several times by a barrage of bullets by a sniper barricaded in a Phoenix home. A construction worker was wounded and a cyclist was killed by the sniper. Officer Kolodziej was forty-three years old at the time of his death and was a nineteen year veteran. He was survived by his wife and three children.