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50 Officers Gave Chase in Phoenix Officer Killing

50 Officers Gave Chase in Phoenix Officer Killing

Gilbert Police Chief Tom Dorn, left, walks to the podium to talk about the events that led to the killing of Gilbert Police Officer Lt. Eric Shuhandler, during a news conference at police headquarters in Gilbert, Ariz. on Friday, Jan. 29, 2010. Taped to t

Washington Post via YellowBrix

January 30, 2010

GILBERT, Ariz. — Two men suspected in the fatal shooting of a policeman led dozens of Arizona law officers on a 50-mile midnight chase, but couldn’t shake pursuers despite firing bullets and spreading debris, officials said.

The suspects tossed out wrenches, other tools and an air compressor tank during the chase around midnight Thursday, police said. A half-dozen police cruisers were disabled after hitting debris or being struck by bullets.

Despite the lethal efforts, the numbers of law officers continued to grow even as damaged law enforcement vehicles dropped out and the officers inside hitched rides with fellow pursuers.

The chase ended near the small mountain mining community of Superior as violently as it began. The suspects jumped out and opened fire on police before falling to the ground in a hail of bullets. Both are expected to survive.

Authorities said the two men were initially pulled over by Gilbert police Lt. Eric Shuhandler, 42, near the southeast Phoenix suburb of Gilbert at about 11 p.m. on Thursday.

Shuhandler, a 16-year veteran, was shot in the face as he walked back toward the pickup after finding the passenger had an arrest warrant, said Gilbert police spokesman Sgt. Mark Marino. Shuhandler, the father of two girls, was rushed to a hospital, where he died shortly before midnight.

The suspects were identified as Christopher A. Redondo, 35, of Globe, and Daimen Irizarry, 30, of Gilbert, Marino said. ad_icon

Redondo is believed to have been the gunman and Irizarry the driver who led officers from multiple law enforcement agencies on the pursuit.

“It is nothing short of a miracle that no officers or members of the public were injured or killed,” Gilbert Police Chief Timothy Dorn said Friday.

Shuhandler stopped the suspects’ work truck for having an obscured license plate, Marino said. Shuhandler went back to his patrol car and found that the passenger, Redondo, apparently had an arrest warrant. He called for backup and was walking back to the passenger side of the truck when he was shot, about 12 minutes after pulling two men over.


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    revCCBeasley

    almost 4 years ago

    2944 Comments

    Rest in Peace & may God bless you, your family and co-workers.

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    Cdaddy

    over 4 years ago

    36 Comments

    My prayers go out to the family and friends of this officer. May God be with you all in this time of need. Great job to the other officers for catching these two P.O.S's and may they get what they deserve.

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    warrk21

    over 4 years ago

    2 Comments

    Please go to www.departedngone.com and let the WORLD know that we have lost a Good Man and we will truly miss Police Lt. Eric Shuhandler. (Departed N Gone)

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    RedSnaz

    over 4 years ago

    54 Comments

    RIP Lt. Shuhandler.

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    hbg522

    over 4 years ago

    7006 Comments

    R.I.P. LT Shuhandler

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    nracfi

    over 4 years ago

    96 Comments

    Lt. Eric Shuhandler RIP brother!

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    NYPDALT

    over 4 years ago

    3130 Comments

    RIP Lt.

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    RescueNanny

    over 4 years ago

    2646 Comments

    I got money that says they are illegal. Since they survived, I say send them to Sheriff Joe.
    God Speed Lt. Shuhandler and his family.

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    texaslawdawg603

    over 4 years ago

    1290 Comments

    Oh yeah, redondo and izizarry burn in Hell!

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    texaslawdawg603

    over 4 years ago

    1290 Comments

    First let me say, God Bless Lt. Eric Shuhandler who dedicated with valor, his life to serving his fellow man. He surely will find comfort in Gods Kingdom................................................................................................................................................................................ You know, it would have been good to read that these 2 bastards were dead in a hail of gunfire, instead of injured. These pukes deserved to die for what they did, but there will be 2 more long drawn out trials, and another 30 years of paying for this scum to have cable tv and weights in prison....It is disgusting how these degenerates of society have declared war on police officers in this country. I don't know what the hell has brought these sickos out, but they no longer think a second, before shooting an officer......Everybody, stay safe out there, it gets uglier by the day.......

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    RIP brother.........

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    AKangel

    over 4 years ago

    4978 Comments

    RIP LT Shuhandler, GODSPEED BROTHER!
    My heart felt thoughts and prayers go out to family, friends, BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF THE BLUE.
    SO GLAD ALL YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS HAD YOUR BACK, GOT THE PERPS and put them away
    REST NOW ,YOU HAVE A BIG JOB AHEAD OF YOU TAKING CARE OF ALL YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS STILL FIGHTING THIS WAR.

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    kadan

    over 4 years ago

    626 Comments

    RIP LT. My prayers are with your family as they struggle with the loss of a hero.

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    ladynblue

    over 4 years ago

    522 Comments

    rip

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    LAWMANTUKES

    over 4 years ago

    6976 Comments

    To my brother of the badge Lt.Shuhandler; "Thank You for your long and dedicated service to our Nation, in keeping it safe from the Jackals and Rotten Heartless Trash..!!.., such as these Low Down, Dirty A$$, Filthy Ba$tards that so cowardly took your life.
    You will be missed greatly, but not forgotten..
    Rest now my brother...Rest.. We have the Watch.

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