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Ariz. Officer Killed by Patrol Car in Chase

Ariz. Officer Killed by Patrol Car in Chase

The AP via YellowBrix

December 18, 2009

PHOENIX – An Arizona law officer has died after being struck by another officer’s patrol car while laying down spike strips during a high-speed chase.

The Department of Public Safety says 28-year-old Chris Marano died Thursday night.

Lt. Steve Harrison says the chase reached speeds of 100 mph, starting after a vehicle was spotted with a stolen license plate.

As another officer pursued the suspect, Marano laid down spike strips to stop the suspect’s vehicle. The DPS vehicle struck Marano in the roadway. Authorities are trying to determine if the suspect’s car also hit him.

The chase continued and the female driver fled on foot and was captured hiding on a porch. She was taken to a hospital for treatment of dog bites and faces several felony charges.

  • Img_0167_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace Officer Marano my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as they try to cope with this. To all Arizona DPS past and present on Police Link my prayers go to your agency also

  • Cop_cat_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I am so sorry for the loss of this young and respect to his memory and his loved ones. Cathy

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    over 4 years ago


    Rest In Peace my Brother, you have served your country and community well.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    RIP Brother

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    over 4 years ago


    PHOENIX - An Arizona law officer was struck and killed by another officer's patrol car while he was laying down spike strips to stop a vehicle during a high-speed freeway chase, authorities said Friday.

    The officer, Chris Marano, 28, of the Phoenix suburb of Surprise, was a father of four who worked for the Arizona Department of Public Safety for more than three years.

    The chase reached speeds of 100 mph, starting late Thursday after a vehicle was spotted with a stolen license plate on a north Phoenix freeway, Lt. Steve Harrison said. One DPS officer pursued the vehicle, and Marano laid down spike strips near an overpass in an attempt to stop the driver.

    Witnesses said Marano was standing in the right shoulder of the westbound freeway when he was hit by the DPS cruiser, Harrison said.

    The fleeing driver exited the freeway, then ran away and was captured hiding on the balcony of a condominium.

    Police arrested Georgia Lynn Baker, 43, of Phoenix. Baker was bitten by a police dog and expected to remain in the hospital until late Friday for minor surgery, DPS spokesman Bart Graves said. She is believed to have been under the influence of drugs at the time of the chase.

    Once she is released from the hospital, Baker will be booked into Maricopa County Jail on felony murder charges in connection with Marano's death, Harrison said.

    "Clearly she facilitated this event. All she had to do was stop, pull over to the shoulder and there would have never been a pursuit or this traffic collision resulting in the death of Officer Marano," Harrison said.

    Graves said DPS guidelines for pursuits were met because Baker was driving recklessly and endangering the public.

    Arizona court records show Baker has had several run-ins with the law in the past decade, including vehicle theft, burglary, forgery and theft charges. She served most of a three-year prison term for combined cases from Maricopa and Yavapai counties and was released in September 2007, according to a corrections department spokesman.

    DPS would not reveal the name of the officer who hit Marano. The officer sustained a broken hand in the accident and will need surgery.

    Harrison said the officer is shaken knowing his actions contributed to Marano's death.

    "He knows he struck the officer. And now he knows that his actions contributed to the officer's death," Harrison said. "He's having a very difficult time with that, as you can well imagine."

    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer ordered flags at state buildings flown half staff "to honor and recognize one of Arizona's finest."

    Marano was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minn., and graduated from Washburn High School in Minneapolis. He then joined the Navy, where he was a military police officer from 2000 to 2005 and remained in the Naval reserve until 2008.

    Marano is survived by his wife, Shelly Marano, and children ages 7, 5, 5, and 4 months.


    The following is a statement from Shelly Marano (the wife of Fallen Officer Chris Marano):

    I'm sorry..I don't really know what to say. Chris was the kind of guy who had a tough exterior, but was putty in his girls' hands, a diamond in the rough. He worked hard to make a difference in life, and better the future of his children. Chris always told me to "shoot for the moon, if you only reach the stars, its ok...The view is still amazing"He was the love of my life, my world and my knight in shining armor. He managed to make it through 5 1/2 years in the Navy and came home unharmed. Being an officer was what he dreamed of, he was working towards going to S.W.A.T. He was a loving and caring father, and a wonderful husband that I'm going to miss terribly. He will be FOREVER in my heart and always in my dreams.Shelly

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Rest in peace. Hope and prayers to the family and all in which were a part of his life. May you truly find peace.

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    over 4 years ago


    R.I.P. brother.

  • Aaa_max50


    over 4 years ago


    R.I.P. brother. My prayers go out to the family, and to the officer in the chase unit. No one can understand the depth of this man's sorrow.

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Thank you for the info wams3997, it is just that type of extra info that makes it more personal when we read these notifications. God Bless Leo Marano and his family.

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    over 4 years ago


    This DPS officer served time in the Middle East also serving his country. He leaves behind a wife and 3 children including a 4month old. Say an extra prayer tonight for the other officer who was driving the car that struck Officer Marano. There was no way he could have known or seen what was coming. It was the suspect who swerved towards Off Marano that caused him to move into the path of the oncoming DPS unit. The suspect alone is responsible for this incredible tragedy that took him from his family and friends. Take your place of well deserved honor my friend. We will proundly call your name in Washington and you will forever be remembered for your service. You will be missed....

  • Come_and_get_them_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Horrible. Rest in peace.

  • Loki_s_teeth_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I hope the K9 got her good enough to leave a permanent reminder of this officers death
    RIP Officer Marano

  • Untitled_max50


    over 4 years ago


    RIP my brother, God bless...My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • 11487_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Hope she is charged with Murder. her fault a good officer is off the streets.

  • Loss_of_a_brother_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Rest In Peace my Arizona Brother. My thoughts and Prayers go to your Family.

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