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Arizona Officer Shot During Traffic Stop Dies

May 25, 2014  | 

A Salt River (Ariz.) Police Department officer died Saturday morning after he was shot during a traffic stop, reports

Salt River police spokesman Detective Vicente Cendejas said the death of Jair Cabrera marks the first time that an officer in the community's police department was killed in the line of duty.

Cendejas said Cabrera stopped a vehicle around 3 a.m. He made contact with the three people in the car, but one of them got out and fired, striking the officer, Special Agent Perryn Collier of the FBI said.

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Dr Skip Watters @ 5/26/2014 7:38 AM

These horrible incidents are never forgotten. My family and I will keep him and his families in our prayers. We respect and salute this brave Officer

KvCopAz @ 5/26/2014 10:11 AM

rest in Peace Brother. Even if we are able to punish those responsible and take their lives we have lost way too much when we lose someone like you. One who runs to the sound of the gunfire is far more valuable to our nation then those who feed criminally off others. May they get what they deserve and rot in hell.

Nightstalker @ 5/26/2014 12:39 PM

I would give my life for any good cop out there, To many red diaper doper babies out there on drugs.

Anthony LoBalbo @ 5/26/2014 2:55 PM

Very sad. I will remember the officer in my prayers. If this scum would shoot an officer of the law, a civilian has no chance at their hands. The police are our first line of defense against these animals. If the truth DOES come out who the shooter was and that person is an illegal alien, escaped felon or on parole, it becomes DOUBLY sad; that person should not even BE in the country or on the streets. Pray for the officer and his family.

Arby @ 5/27/2014 6:03 AM

To the family and friends of Officer Cendejas and members of the Salt River PD, we stand with you and you are in our prayers in SW Georgia.

Renee @ 5/28/2014 7:30 AM

The suspect in the case, Elijah Loren Arthur, now faces first-degree murder charges. Arthur made his first appearance in court where we're learning exactly what happened during that traffic stop early Saturday morning.

"This hits home. I love all of my officers, and I love all my professional staff in the police department," said Chief Patrick Melvin.

Flags flew over the Salt River Police Department at half-staff Tuesday in remembrance of one of their own, 37 year old Jair Cabrera, who was killed in the line of duty.

According to court documents, Cabrera was attempting to stop Arthur's vehicle when Arthur pulled into the Chevron station at Pima and Chaparral. The documents go on to say Arthur got out of his car rifle in hand and fired two shots.

One bullet hit the side mirror of Cabrera's patrol car. The other went through the windshield striking Cabrera in the head.

According to an investigative report Arthur admitted he was drunk at the time of the shooting.

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