Chief Patrick R. Melvin of the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian community Police Department in Arizona sadly reports that Officer Jair Cabrera, 37, was shot and killed early Saturday morning during a traffic stop in an area of Scottsdale which shares a border with the Indian community.
Officer Cabrera made what appeared to be a routine traffic stop in the city of Scottsdale shortly after 3:00 am. The vehicle stopped and pulled into the parking lot of the Chevron Gas Station located at Chaparral and Pima Roads near the border of the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Before Officer Cabrera was able to exit his patrol vehicle, one of the suspects exited the stopped vehicle and opened fire with a high-powered rifle. A bullet penetrated the patrol vehicle’s windshield, killing Cabrera.
Witnesses at the gas station reported hearing at least two shots as they ducked for cover. One of the suspects attempted to flee into the gas station/convenience store, but the clerk locked the door and refused him entry into the building. That suspect was taken into custody shortly after the shooting. A second suspect fled into a nearby Wal-Mart parking lot and hid behind a brick wall. He also was taken into custody as witnesses directed officers to his location. A third suspect who was in the vehicle was apprehended overnight.
Officer Cabrera was transported by ambulance to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. He succumbed to his gunshot wounds.
FBI Special Agent Perryn T. Collier gave a short press release to the media, stating that the FBI is heading the investigation. The FBI maintains jurisdiction over major cases due to Native American sovereignty issues.
Officer Cabrera served the department for 7 years. He is survived by his parents, a brother, and his girlfriend. He is the first officer to be killed in the line of duty in the history of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Police Department.
Officer Cabrera, gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Saturday, May 24, 2014.
“Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow GraFX”
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