On March 3, 2014 Phoenix Police Detective John Hobbs, a member of the Major Offender Unit’s Fugitive Apprehension Investigative Detail was killed in the line of duty at the intersection of North 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road while attempting to serve a felony warrant on a murder suspect who was recently released from prison.
The suspect fled on foot after being involved in a traffic collision and immediately began shooting at Detective Hobbs and his partner as they pursued him. Despite being mortally wounded, Detective Hobbs, a 21 year veteran, returned fire on his assailant, killing him. Detective Hobbs was transported to Saint Joseph’s Hospital where despite efforts of the trauma team, he succumbed to his injuries.
On March 3, 2015, a memorial marker commemorating the location where Detective Hobbs made the ultimate sacrifice for the community he was so proud to serve was unveiled.
In addition to numerous Phoenix Police Officers including members of his squad, Detective Hobbs’ wife, children, family members, and friends were there to honor him.