Gilbert police officer killed during traffic stop

The East Valley Tribune is reporting that a Gilbert police officer was shot and killed during a traffic stop at 10:45 last night.

Police shot and wounded the suspects near Superior after a chase involving dozens of police cars from Gilbert, Mesa, Department of Public Safety, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. The suspects were firing shots as they fled and were throwing objects from the back of their utility truck at pursuing officers.

The slain officer was identified as Lt. Eric Shuhandler.

Read more here.

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9 Responses to Gilbert police officer killed during traffic stop

  1. Kathy says:

    May God place His loving arms around Lt. Shuhandler’s family, friends and fellow officers and fill them with His perfect peace and comfort. The thin blue line will grieve this day.

  2. Jon Altmann, ISCS, USN (Ret.) says:

    But another reason why police office lay-offs in Phoenix by the hundreds don’t make sense.
    Phoenix should pull the plus on City Cable 11, cut other staff, cut the free breakfasts it gives away for city council district meetings – and each elected official should also write a check back voluntarily for the matching 9% pay deduction.
    That would be a symbolic start.
    Do you know that almost 2/3s of the Phoenix Fire Dept. has less than 10 years on the job?
    With that many lesser experienced personnel, plus layoffs, public safety is at risk.

  3. Ellsworth says:

    These murderers are in custody and yet they are still unidentified? Where is this information and why is it being concealed?

  4. sherriaz says:

    I received an email requesting prayers for this officer from a friend who worked with him at GPD. Immediately I prayed for his family and the entire police department.

    I find it very frustrating that many articles initially do not provide information on the suspects… which many times turn out to be illegals, although not always. If that is the case here, I pray that some good may come from this brave man’s death and more sentiment turns against any amnesty attempts. Americans are being killed by illegals everyday in this country. Deaths that would never happen if illegals were effectively kept out of our country. B

  5. Kathy says:

    Light rail subsidy drains Phx – but they’ll layoff Police Officers & Firefighters, putting those on the streets at greater risk. Thanks, Gordon

  6. Jon Altmann, ISCS, USN (Ret.) says:

    Kathy, good points. To counter, light rail ridership is up past projections and they are cutting the light rail schedule back a bit. However, not enough being done yet.
    Phoenix and others have enjoyed the good times and my position has always been that it had not taken seriously the “what if” bad times occurred.
    We’re there and the check book is down to a $1.95.
    I had a family member, sadly, on welfare who owed (owes) a bundle in back child support that I would try to tell that family member that every time a conveniece store big-gulp was bought, that was money that could have gone to pay the child support owed to the kid that was a responsibility.
    Government has not done the best job of being careful with the dollars. Some government has – and those should be praised or supported. However, we must be mindful of the “big gulp” when a shot from the drinking fountain would have been better.
    And, oh, yeah, our City of Phoenix water/sewer rates are increasing in March by 7%….

  7. glenn says:

    another veteran this is getting bad people are we ever going to put a stop to this nonsence do we need to put a fence around arizona and let them have it or do we fight back the officers out there are getting gunned down over what something our govt should be taking care off a long time ago these officers have families how is these families being told this happened this should have never happened quit fighting sheriff joe he is doing his job

  8. Norma says:

    What has happened to the United States of America. We have to put up with all of these illegals coming into our country and committing one crime after another. Today a police officer was shot by hispanics and we still don’t know if they are illegal or not. We have these protestors saying they are human (some are led by celebrities) and are against Sheriff Joe, when he is doing a darn good job. Our Government has stepped in the doing an investigation on the way he does his job. There is good and bad in all races, but if people want to come to this country let them do it legally. I blame alot of things on Company owners who put (illegals) to work because they hire them for cheaper wages, so they can put more money into the company owners pocket. Our system provides them with medicaid and we’re the one who pays taxes. I wish I could find an organization out there who stands up for the U.S. citizens rights and also that stands behind Sheriff Joe. Maybe a bunch of the Arizona citizens should form a Protestors March against the way they treat Sheriff Joe and belittle him. Lets get the U.S. back to the way it use to be GREAT.

  9. Jon Altmann, ISCS, USN (Ret.) says:

    Norma, you understand that the two culprits involved in the Gilbert police officer’s death are not illegals, yes?
    Just because someone has a Hispanic surname should not make them instantly suspect for being here illegally. That smacks of another era when a Jewish last name denoted something to another regime.
    If the City of Phoenix goes ahead with laying off all those public safety officers, what do you think the safey level will be then?
    What will be the response ability when we have other shootings?
    We need to be careful as to how we vent our emotions.
    I have a friend who is a Hispanic surnamed police officer in Southern Arizona. He and his family are not happy about illegal immigration, either.
    The problem with illegal immigration should not be an automatic knee jerk response every time we have a police incident.
    The problem with illegal immigration stems from a Federal lack of attention that has gotten better. How we move forward from here is another thing.