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Ariz. Deputy Fighting for Life

January 08, 2013  | 

A Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff's deputy is in critical condition, after he was shot by a suspect multiple times in Peoria early Tuesday.

The incident began when Deputy Ruben Garcia, a 29-year veteran, conducted a traffic stop shortly after midnight of a suspect who had threatened a former girlfriend.

Witnesses heard gunshots and saw Garcia fall to the ground as the suspect fled into the desert area near 83rd and Happy Valley avenues where he began firing at officers, reports the Arizona Republic.

Responding officers exchanged fire with the suspect and then noticed he was not moving and would not follow commands. A SWAT team responded and approached the suspect's vehicle where they found the man dead.

Tags: Vehicle Stops, Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff, Assaults on Officers


Comments (35)

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Chuck @ 1/8/2013 7:59 PM

Fight hard brother. Your in my prayers

dustin @ 1/8/2013 8:05 PM

Keep fighting Deputy Garcia. Thoughts and prayers to you, your family and fellow brothers and sisters.

Jim McDonald @ 1/8/2013 8:14 PM

Hang in there brother. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

john@IA Retired @ 1/8/2013 8:26 PM

My prayers are with you and your family.

Bob@Az. @ 1/8/2013 8:29 PM

Don't let the bastard win Ruben, come back to us. We need you.

Joe @ 1/8/2013 8:30 PM

Fight as hard as you can brother. We are all praying for you!

Capt. Crunch @ 1/8/2013 8:54 PM

God bless you Deputy Garcia, I pray you recover from this incident. I hope your department investigates the dirt bags ex-wifeto find out what she did to set this guy off. She owes you big time.

koppr101 @ 1/8/2013 9:21 PM

Thoughts and prayers are with u Deputy Garcia! You are a tuff guy and a hell of a fighter! Keep fighting brother!

Steve @ 1/8/2013 9:23 PM

Sadly, this is the day before we lost Fellow Deputy Bill Coleman 1 year ago ( 01/08/12 ) a 20 yr veteran .. Garcia survived the first day and is a Fighter so odds are on his side. Warm thoughts to his Family.

Chris @ 1/8/2013 10:31 PM

Be a fighter. Hang in there, man!

DEADMAN @ 1/9/2013 12:05 AM

My hope and prayers for you and your family,may god watch over you.

Wayne Hundemann @ 1/9/2013 4:15 AM

Hang in there brother......Fight.....come back. There's more to do.....your family needs you. Fight on.....

Peter @ 1/9/2013 4:21 AM

My prayers are with you

Jim @ 1/9/2013 4:46 AM

Don't quit, fight hard, I will be praying for you.

Steve @ 1/9/2013 4:47 AM

Don't let the devil win...fight brother, fight!

Pam @ 1/9/2013 5:40 AM

When the going gets tough ... fight ... you can do it because you are law enforcement and we never give up. God bless your family and department, they will pull you through.

T-boy @ 1/9/2013 5:44 AM

Fight hard Brother we are praying!

Williamjohn322 @ 1/9/2013 5:54 AM

Keep fighting Our Brother. Our Prayers go up for you,your Family and Friends.....

Judy @ 1/9/2013 6:11 AM

May God bless you and your family and the department. We pray for your full recovery. In Christ holy name, Amen.

Fairway @ 1/9/2013 6:27 AM

Stay a fighter Borther!

Rob @ 1/9/2013 6:36 AM

Don't quit, Ruben! Keeping fighting, brother! Thousands of brothers and sisters in blue are pulling for you! You can do it!

Timothy Litteral @ 1/9/2013 6:37 AM

Police Officers are God's Ministers, according to the Bible in the book of Romans, Chapter 13. You are God's representative for good. His attack was not just against you, but God himself. You are in God's favor and will be in our prayers for a complete recovery.

Fernando Esparza @ 1/9/2013 7:41 AM

Hang tough BRO, we're all with you...

Jesse Gant @ 1/9/2013 8:48 AM

God be with you brother

Dave @ 1/9/2013 9:59 AM

God Bless you Officer Garcia.

Dave @ 1/9/2013 9:59 AM

God Bless you Officer Garcia.

undersheriff palmer @ 1/9/2013 10:19 AM

hang in there my brother keep fighting all of us in your family are thinking and praying for u

Officer Anderson @ 1/9/2013 11:39 AM

Our prayers are with you brother. God Bless you and your family. Hang on brother, fight hard, and don't let the scumbag have the final say.

J.R. WALKER @ 1/9/2013 12:02 PM

May God Bless and watch over you - keep up the fight

S Wolf @ 1/9/2013 12:51 PM

Our prayers are with you Officer Garcia. Be strong, fight hard, you can win!!

Lt Banales @ 1/9/2013 1:50 PM

Hang in there Deputy Garcia, our prayers are with you, your family, and your department. Stay vigilant out there officers and always be prepared for the worst.

cwatchus @ 1/9/2013 2:25 PM

dont stop fighting brother prayers sent

Jerry Jabri @ 1/10/2013 3:57 AM

from one sheriff deputy to another we here in Texas are praying for you to pull through, do not dissapoint us, you make us proud when we wear the Badge.

Juan 10-13 @ 1/10/2013 6:18 AM

My blessings to you for a quick and speedy recovery mi hermano.....YOU WILL SURVIVE THIS!!!!!! Amen

S.S @ 1/10/2013 1:44 PM

Pull through Ruben you got a lot of us behind you on this. God is on your side.

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