Commander Greg Carnicle was shot and killed after responding to a domestic disturbance call involving roommates at a residence near 40th Drive and Pinnacle Peak Road.
Detective John Hobbs was shot and killed on March 3rd, 2014 as he and other members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team attempted to serve a felony warrant on a man who had recently been released from prison. The subject fled in a vehicle and was pursued by the detectives until crashing at the intersection of 43rd
K9 Bane was killed while attempting an apprehension following a vehicle pursuit of a stolen vehicle. A male and female had led officers on a 30-minute pursuit after carjacking a vehicle.
K9 Dax was shot and killed while assisting the Special Assignments Unit search a home of a homicide suspect on West Carson Road. The subject opened fire on Dax with a 12-gauge shotgun, killing him. The man was subsequently shot and killed after shooting and wounding two officers.
On April 17, 1996, Officer Jeff Kozel and K-9 Hunter responded to a call for assistance with apprehending Jackson James Doss. Hunter located Doss in the backyard of a nearby home, but was shot five times by Doss at point blank range. Hunter did not survive his injuries. He is credited with preventing serious injury
K9 R.J. was intentionally struck and killed by a subject who was fleeing officers. The suspect had fled from officers on foot, but was able to return to his car and flee down an alley. The man intentionally struck R.J. before fleeing the scene. He was eventually apprehended. R.J. was taken to an emergency animal
K9 Roscoe was struck and killed by a vehicle after assisting his handler apprehended a subject. Roscoe’s handler had been attempting to arrest a drunk driver when Roscoe jumped from the patrol car to assist. His handler ordered him to return to the car, at which point he was struck by an oncoming vehicle.
K9 Top died of heat exhaustion when he was left in his crate inside the cab of an unmarked patrol pickup truck as his handler went inside of the police station. K9 Top was a certified narcotics detector.
K-9 Yeager died when he jumped off a second floor landing during a training exercise and fractured his spine.
On December 28th, 1970, Motorcycle Officer Dale Stone was killed while responding to the emergency call from Officer Bluhm who had been shot. Officer Stone drove through the intersection at 7th Avenue and Roosevelt and was struck by a vehicle with an impaired driver. The force of the impact caused Officer Stone to slide underneath
On June 20th, 1990, Motorcycle Officer Briggs was killed while pursuing a speeding motorist. Officer Briggs swerved to avoid a motorist and struck a concrete median and tree. He had recently been chosen to be a Recruit Training Officer for the Phoenix Police Training Academy. Officer Briggs was twenty-seven years old at the time of
On November 22nd, 1971, Motorcycle Officer Quincy Haywood was killed when a truck turned in front of his police motorcycle. The first officers on the scene rushed him to a nearby hospital where he died. Ironically, less than one year earlier, Officer Haywood had been following behind Officer Dale Stone who also died in a
On February 19th, 1952, Motorcycle Officer Walter Stewart was killed when a truck turned in front of his police motorcycle and he swerved to avoid a collision. The motorcycle overturned and Officer Stewart died of head injuries. The driver fled the scene but was later arrested and charged with negligent homicide. Soon after this accident,
On December 28th, 1970, Officer Albert R. Bluhm was shot and killed after stopping a stolen pickup. The suspects fired upon the officer as they hid in the camper shell of the truck. Officer Bluhm was struck three times and died of his wounds while attempting to radio his position to the dispatcher. A citizen
On April 22nd, 1976, Officer Del Gaudio was killed while in the pursuit of an impaired and reckless driver. The officer collided with another police car and then careened into the wall of a home. His death was instrumental in persuading the State Legislature to enact the Unlawful Flight statute. Officer Del Gaudio was twenty-six
On September 10, 2002, Officer Beryl “Wayne” Scott was killed in a motor vehicle collision while en route to assist in an unrelated DUI/fatality investigation. Officer Scott was southbound on North 7th Street at Thunderbird when another driver pulled out in front of him. Officer Scott’s motorcycle struck the drivers-side door of the vehicle and
Shortly after 3:30 a.m. on May 19, 2013, Officer Daryl Raetz, #8899 and his partner were finishing the processing of the scene from a DUI stop in the area of 51st Avenue and Cambridge. At that time, Officer Raetz was struck by another vehicle, which was traveling northbound on 51st Avenue. Officer Raetz was transported
Officer David Uribe, #4276, was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop on West Cactus Road at approximately 1110 hours. Officer Uribe called in a license plate check and approached the vehicle. As he walked to the driver’s door one of two men opened fire, striking him in the head and neck. The suspects
Police Officer David Glasser succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous day after responding to a burglary in progress at a home near the intersection of 51st Avenue and Baseline Road.
On May 10, 2004 at approximately 3:00 pm, Officer Don R. Schultz, #4410, was participating in a Dive Team search for evidence in the canal near 19th Avenue and Hatcher. He came loose from his tender line for unknown reasons and was found lodged in a canal gate by other members of the Dive Team,
Officer Eric White and Officer Jason Wolfe were shot and killed while investigating a shooting call at an apartment complex on West Las Palmaritas Drive. The first officers to arrive at the scene located a male who sustained a gunshot wound to the chest. The shooting victim was transported to a local hospital as officers
On April 24th, 1984, Officer Hawkins was killed by a passing pickup truck. He was on a nighttime undercover assignment attempting to cross a freeway frontage road when the accident occurred. Officer Hawkins helped establish a hostage/barricade negotiations unit and was a negotiator in hostage situations. He was thirty-four years old at the time of
At approximately 8:30 pm, Officer Cortez responded to a call that a man and woman were passing forged checks at a check-cashing business on 83rd Avenue, near Encanto Boulevard. Officer Cortez entered the business and was placing the male suspect in handcuffs when he drew a gun and shot Officer Cortez several times. Officer Cortez
On June 16th, 1975, Officer Chavez was shot to death by a juvenile during a burglary of a Phoenix radiator business. Officer Chavez had entered the business after dispatchers received an anonymous tip that a burglary was in progress. The officer located the suspect and a struggle ensued. Officer Chavez was critically wounded but managed
Police Officer Ginarro New passed away from injuries after being and struck by another vehicle motorist that was traveling at a high rate of speed not stopping for a red signal light at Cave Creek Rd and Greenway Rd.
On November 1, 1999, Officer Beuf contacted two suspicious persons in the area of 23rd Avenue and Lone Cactus. One suspect, in possession of drugs and wanted on fugitive warrants, ran and was chased by the officer. A struggle ensued, both the suspect and Officer Beuf fell into the roadway and were struck by a
On February 5th, 1925, Officer Haze Burch became the first Phoenix Police Officer killed in the line of duty. Officer Burch was shot by two men attempting to siphon gasoline from a car. Officer Burch died the following day. The assailants were later identified as two fugitives from Oklahoma wanted in the murder of a
On July 1st, 1982, Officer Conchos and his partner, John Davis, entered a Phoenix bar in search of a bank robbery suspect. Both officers were mortally wounded when the suspect began shooting inside the bar. Officer Conchos died a short time later. Officer Davis died one month after the shooting. The Veterans of Foreign War
Officer Wolfe and Officer Eric White were shot and killed while investigating a shooting call at an apartment complex on West Las Palmaritas Drive. The first officers to arrive at the scene located a male who sustained a gunshot wound to the chest. The shooting victim was transported to a local hospital as officers began
On November 17th, 1984, Officer Robertson was shot and killed while working off-duty at a Phoenix motel. He was in a motel parking lot questioning a suspect in the robbery of two truck drivers when the suspect shot Officer Robertson. Officer Robertson died two days later on November 19th, 1984. He was an eight year
On July 1st, 1982, Officer Davis and his partner, Ignacio Conchos, entered a Phoenix bar in search of a bank robbery suspect. Both officers were mortally wounded when the suspect began shooting inside the bar. Officer Conchos died a short time later. Officer Davis died one month after the shooting. He was a twelve year
On January 29th, 1984, Officer Campbell was killed while in pursuit of a speeding motorcycle. The accident occurred when his patrol car skidded out of control and collided with another vehicle. Officer Campbell had been a member of the Phoenix Police Department for three years. He was twenty-eight years old at the time of his
On May 27th, 1988, Officer Collings was shot and killed while working off-duty at a bank. He had confronted the two suspects at the scene of the robbery when one of the suspects was able to shoot the officer and escape. Officer Collings died three hours later. One suspect was arrested while the other escaped
On September 7th, 1984, Officer Forsythe was killed in a traffic accident while working off-duty. He was directing traffic when he was stuck by a semi-truck and killed. Officer Forsythe was a seven year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department and active in the police officers union. He was thirty-five years old at the time
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
On March 26th, 1999, Officer Atkinson was following a suspicious vehicle with three male occupants in the area of 30th Avenue and Catalina. The driver lured Officer Atkinson into an industrial area where he was ambushed by gunfire and killed instantly. Officer Atkinson was a five year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department. He was
On November 2nd, 1973, Officer Hemschmeyer was killed in a traffic accident while responding to another officer’s call for assistance. A sedan that had pulled over for the officer’s emergency lights was struck from behind by a garbage truck. The force of the collision threw the vehicle into the path of the approaching patrol car,
Officer Nick Erfle was shot after he and his partner approached three people for jaywalking and obstructing traffic on 24th Street, one block north of Thomas Road. One man gave a fictitious name that had a misdemeanor warrant and as they attempted to take him into custody, the suspect drew a weapon and shot Officer
Police Officer Paul Rutherford died from injuries received when he was struck by a vehicle near the intersection of 75th Avenue and Indian School Road at approximately 8:15 am.
Officer Paul Salmon died from injuries received in a single vehicle rollover accident at 3100 W Baseline Rd on November 28, 2005 at 1:00 am. Officer Salmon was responding to a domestic violence call in south Phoenix. His vehicle left the roadway for unknown reasons and crashed into a light pole at the intersection of
On May 4th, 1984, Motorcycle Officer Polmanteer was killed in a head on collision with a van that turned in front of his motorcycle two weeks after Officer Hawkins death. Officer Polmanteer had been a police officer for fifteen years, five of which were with the Phoenix Police Department. He was thirty-seven years old at
On January 8th, 1986, Officer Fike was shot and killed by an assailant at point blank range as he stood beside his patrol car. Two citizens saw the officer lying in a parking lot beside his car and radioed the police dispatcher for help. Officer Fike had been “Officer of the Year” in the Squaw
Officer Shane Figueroa was killed in an automobile collision while responding to a call. Officer Figueroa was northbound on 19th Avenue near Roeser Road responding to a shots fired call when a truck turned in front of his patrol car. The impact spun the patrol car and sent it into a block wall. The officer
Officer Travis P. Murphy was shot and killed when he confronted a suspect who had fled the scene of a shots fired call earlier in the night. Officers in a neighboring precinct responded to a report of shots fired. When they arrived, the perpetrator had fled, but they transmitted a description of the suspect’s vehicle
On February 22nd, 1976, Police Guard MacInnis died of a heart attack while in foot pursuit of a suspect at the Sky Harbor International Airport. A passerby stopped to assist the guard. He was driven to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival. He had been a police guard for nine years. Police
Police Officer Matt Hefter died as a result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.
Police Officer Phillip Vavrinec died as a result of contracting COVID-19 while serving as a School Resource Officer at Charles W. Harris Elementary School at 2252 N. 55th Avenue in Phoenix.
On July 26th, 1990, Sergeants Tunney and John Domblisky, were killed when struck head on by a car that had crossed the centerline. Sergeant Tunney was forty-seven years old at the time of his death and was a twenty-three year veteran. He had played an important role in forming the bicycle patrol in downtown Phoenix.
On May 7, 1977, a drunk driver struck Sergeant Kieffer while at the intersection of 16th Street and McDowell. Sergeant Kieffer was rendered a quadriplegic from this accident. He continued to work for the department until retiring on September 13, 1991. On May 21, 1997, he died after succumbing to the injuries he had received
On July 26th, 1990, Sergeants Domblisky and Danny Tunney, were killed when struck head on by a car that had crossed the centerline. Sergeant Domblisky was forty-two years old at the time of his death and was a seventeen year veteran. He was an experienced detective and had been the recipient of sixteen commendations during