Information: Information: On September 18, 2007, Officer Nick J. Erfle #6994 was shot after he and his partner approached three people for jaywalking and obstructing traffic on 24th Street, north Thomas Road. One man gave a fictitious name that had an outstanding misdeamoner warrant. As they attempted to take him into custody, the suspect drew a weapon and shot Officer Erfle. He was rushed to the hospital where he died from his injuried a short time later.
Information: Officer Jair Cabrera was shot and killed by a known tribal gang member who used a high powered rifle, while making a traffic stop on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Tribal Community. Officer Cabrera was an outstanding Police Officer and was a member of the Department Honor Guard. He was survived by his girlfriend, parents and brother.
Information: On July 27, 2007 Officer George V. Cortez #8232 was killed after responding to a call that a man and woman were passing forged checks at a business at 83rd Ave and Encanto Blvd. 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 was 23 years old and had served with the department for two years. He had also served as a Detention Officer for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.
Information: Information: On March 26, 1999, Officer Marc T. Atkinson #5930 began following a suspicious vehicle, occupied by three suspects in the area of 31st Ave and Thomas Road. The driver lured Officer Atkinson into an industrial area at 30th Ave and Catlina Drive where he was ambushed by gunfire and killed. A citizen who witnessed the incident engaged the suspects in a gunfight with his own weapon, seriously wounding one. The other two fled, but were arrested later.