One final sacrifice: Deputy’s organs to be donated after dying from being beaten by suspect

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AVONDALE, AZ – The Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputy who was reportedly beaten by a suspect earlier in October has died from his sustained injuries. The sheriff’s office reports that the deputy’s organs are being donated.

Deputy Juan Ruiz reportedly succumbed to his injuries on October 11th after spending some time on life support from the beating he suffered days earlier on October 9th. Authorities say that the fallen deputy was attacked by 30-year-old Clinton Robert Hurley outside of the District 2 substation while the deputy was processing the suspect for existing felony warrants.

The incident started after reports came in about a suspicious man that authorities later determined to be Hurley during the early morning hours of October 9th. Hurley was apprehended a short time later, with Deputy Ruiz transporting him to the District 2 substation.

Sheriff Paul Penzone said that when Deputy Ruiz was escorting Hurley into a holding area inside of the substation and “as is standard processing protocol, he removed his handcuffs and attempted to put him in one of the holding cells.”

The sheriff said that when the cuffs were removed from Hurley, he “was initially passive resistant” and then “turned on the deputy” and began attacking him. While Deputy Ruiz was struggling with Hurley, he reportedly tried radioing for backup, but was knocked unconscious by the suspect.

Deputy Ruiz was found by another deputy after the beating, with Hurley having already escaped from the substation.

Following a manhunt lasting a few hours, Hurley reportedly got into a shootout in Tonopah with a homeowner that investigators say he had a history of conflict with. During that incident, Hurley was struck by the homeowner’s returned gunfire and was taken into custody by police.

Maricopa County Sheriff Penzone delivered the following statement regarding Deputy Ruiz’s death:

“It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the passing of Deputy Juan “Johnny” Ruiz #S2212. He succumbed to the injuries sustained on Saturday at the hands of a violent predator. Deputy Ruiz proudly served this community with courage and conviction.

His loss is a tragedy for our profession and our community. We stand strong with great appreciation for his service & pray for his family during this unimaginable sacrifice & loss. I am committed to pursuing justice for Deputy Ruiz to the fullest extent of the law against the suspect. Nothing less is acceptable.”

Governor Doug Ducey shared a statement on Twitter honoring the fallen deputy, writing the following:

“Deputy Ruiz served our state honorably, and he will be missed dearly. We are grateful for his commitment to protecting others, in serving with [the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office] and in donating his organs to those in need. My deepest prayers are with his family, loved ones and fellow officers.”

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We at Law Enforcement Today previously reported on this incident as the case was still developing.

Here’s that previous report.

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‘This is what evil looks like’: Sheriff’s deputy on life support, suspect shot in separate confrontation with homeowner

(Originally published October 10th, 2021)

AVONDALE, AZ – Authorities say that a 30-year-old man critically injured a Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputy while being processed at a sheriff’s substation earlier in October, with the unnamed deputy currently on life support as a result of the attack.

The suspect was reportedly later taken into custody after being shot by a homeowner in Tonapah in a separate incident.

According to officials, 30-year-old Clinton Robert Hurley was being processed by a MCSO deputy outside of the District 2 substation near Van Buren and Dysart on October 9th for various felony charges when authorities say Hurley injured the deputy.

During a press conference regarding the incident, Sheriff Paul Penzone stated that the suspect then took off in the deputy’s vehicle, crashing through a fence and fleeing the area, adding the following about the suspect:

“This is the perfect example of what evil looks like. Somebody who doesn’t deserve to live in a free society assaulted a good young man who is willing to protect you and your family.”

The specific nature of the deputy’s sustained injuries were not shared by officials.

A manhunt was initiated regarding the suspect, with deputies reportedly later responding to a residence at approximately 6:30 p.m. near 373rd Avenue and Buckeye Road in Tonapah about a shooting incident.

A homeowner at the residence had apparently exchanged gunfire with Hurley, with authorities later finding the suspect nearby and transporting him to an area hospital.

Sheriff Penzone noted that the homeowner that shot Hurley was familiar with the suspect, saying that the two had a history of conflict, but did not afford any detail beyond that mentioning.

While Sheriff Penzone did not identify the injured deputy by name, he did describe him as a “young man” and added that he’d been with the sheriff’s office for three years. In light of the incident, the sheriff said that he’s praying for a miracle regarding the deputy and urged locals to be supportive of law enforcement:

“Are you going to stand with us and get bad people off the street? Or are you going to scrutinize good men and women who have the conviction, the courage and the willingness to do a difficult job in the face of scrutiny?”

The suspect accused of injuring the deputy had been released from prison this past December after being convicted of attempted molestation of a child back in 2014.

Hurley is currently in critical condition at the hospital following the shooting, according to reports.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight into this developing case.

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In an update to a previous report we at Law Enforcement Today shared in October, the deceased suspect involved in the Amtrak train shooting incident in Tucson that resulted in a DEA agent being fatally shot has been identified as 26-year-old Darrion Taylor.

In our previous report, it was unclear whether the suspect had taken their own life or not while holed up inside of a restroom in one of the train’s cabin’s after firing at law enforcement officers. 

However, officials say that Taylor had been shot several times in the torso and limbs and the gunshot wound don’t appear to be self-inflicted. 

The DEA agent killed during the incident was also identified as Michael Garbo, cited as being a longtime DEA group supervisor. Having served as a Nashville Police officer before joining the DEA in 2005, his career saw him pursuing drug traffickers in Arizona, Afghanistan and then back to Arizona by 2011.

As for the suspect who was taken into custody following shooting, who was reportedly not involved in the gunfire between law enforcement and Taylor, he was identified as Devonte Okeith Mathis.

Reports indicate Mathis was taken into custody under charges of possession with the intent to distribute less than 50 kilograms of a mixture or substance containing marijuana.

Here’s our previous report from earlier in October. 

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Under attack: Shooting on Amtrak train leaves DEA agent and suspect dead, two more officers wounded

(Originally published October 5th, 2021)

TUCSON, AZ – A shooting incident that happened aboard an Amtrak train in Tucson earlier in October resulted in a DEA agent being killed. Authorities say that the suspect involved in the shooting was also fatally shot during the incident.

According to Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus, the incident started at approximately 8:00 a.m. on October 4th while DEA agents and Tucson Police officers boarded the train car to conduct a routine inspection for any contraband like illegal drugs, weapons, and the sort.

Chief Magnus stressed that such inspections are a standard practice at all transit hubs.

While officers were in the middle of detaining a man on the upper-level of the double-decker train car, a second man reportedly produced a firearm and started shooting at officers.

Authorities say that the suspect exchanged several rounds of gunfire with officers before barricading himself in a bathroom on the cabin’s lower level.

Officials say that the suspect was later found dead inside of the bathroom he’d barricaded himself in. It’s unclear as of this writing how the alleged gunman died while barricaded.

As for the other suspect that police were in the process of detaining before the gunfire erupted, he has since been arrested. It’s unclear what charges the individual in custody is facing and what relationship he had with the suspect who opened fire on authorities.

During the incident, one DEA agent was killed, while another agent and a Tucson Police officer were injured. Reports indicate that the wounded DEA agent is in critical condition. As for the Tucson Police officer, officials say the officer is in stable condition.

Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams stated that none of the 137 passengers and 11 crew members were harmed during the gunfire.

Chief Magnus noted that the shooting was “horrific” but that he was proud of how bravely agents and officers responded:

“It’s very horrific and we’re all just coming to terms with just how terrible a loss this is. But I also want to reflect on the really heroic actions of the officers at the scene. They literally ran towards the danger, into the car, where there was an active shooting situation going on.”

The identity of the deceased agent and the others injured have not been released by officials, nor have the names of any of the suspects been released either.

This is an ongoing investigation.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight into this developing case.

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