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Driver In Arizona Police Slaying Found Guilty

Driver In Arizona Police Slaying Found Guilty

Gilbert Police Lt. Eric Shuhandler (left) was shot and killed in a shopping center parking lot during a traffic stop. Christoper Redondo (top right) and Daimen Irizarry are suspects in the case.

Arizona Republic via YellowBrix

July 23, 2010

GILBERT, AZ – A jury has handed down a guilty verdict Thursday against a man who led police on a 50-mile chase after a Gilbert officer was fatally shot during a traffic stop earlier this year. The getaway driver in the slaying of a Gilbert police officer was found guilty Thursday on 13 counts.

The jury convicted Damien Joseph Irizarry, 31, on eight counts of aggravated assault, four counts of drive-by shooting, and one of unlawful flight.

The jury will now decide if aggravating factors exist and if the state has met its burden of proof.

On Jan. 28, Lt. Eric Shuhandler, 42, was left dead in a supermarket parking lot, having been shot in the face.

Christopher Redondo, 35, is accused of being the shooter. Redondo was charged with first-degree murder and faces the death penalty when he goes on trial next year. He also is charged with four counts of drive-by shooting and 19 counts of aggravated assault.

Redondo also was indicted in an unrelated 2009 murder in Miami, Ariz.

Irizarry, 31, argued during his trial that he was acting out of fear that Redondo would turn the gun on him if he didn’t cooperate and drive him away from the scene of the crime.

With Irizarry as the driver, the pair led at least 12 police vehicles on a 50-mile chase up U.S. 60 toward Superior. When their truck ran out of gas, Irizarry and Redondo hid behind it, prompting police to shoot their feet and legs out from under them.

Prosecutor Juan Martinez argued during Irizarry’s trial that the he actively helped Redondo escape after Shuhandler’s murder, holding the escape truck steady as Redondo took shots at police cars and climbed in the back to throw a generator, a hydraulic jack and other tools at pursuing police.

But defense attorney Chad Shell argued the two men hardly knew each other. They were thrown together that day in Gilbert because their fathers knew each other, he argued. Redondo and Irizarry, both high on methamphetamine, wound up in Redondo’s father’s work truck headed to Superior when Shuhandler pulled them over around 10:45 p.m. at the corner of Val Vista Drive and Baseline Road.

They were pulled because they had an obstructed license plate. Irizarry handed over his driver’s license. Redondo was not carrying identification.

Redondo got out to fix the license plate at Shuhandler’s request, according to Shell. Then, he returned to the passenger side of the truck and became agitated.

A shot rang out, and Shell argued at trial that Redondo then ordered Irizarry to drive toward U.S. 60. Two Mesa police sergeants found Shuhandler on his back gasping for breath.


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    revCCBeasley

    over 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    Yafer...

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    BLUEWAVE21

    over 3 years ago

    26 Comments

    I would like to see the last days of these two cowards...what punks..
    God Speed Lt. Shuhandler

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    xiaobao

    over 3 years ago

    38 Comments

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    bklyn

    almost 4 years ago

    762 Comments

    gee, it's no surprise Irizarry says he hardly knew Redondo. he was in court saying how he has cried numerous tmes since the incident. Oh , and he hardly knew him but still smoked meth together. yeah , right. hope he gets the max.
    oh - reporter is a jerk. 12 cars ? try 80.

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    DarkBlue

    almost 4 years ago

    4880 Comments

    I say we go back to the original American Indian way of punishment.
    Bury them up to their necks in the desert and let nature handle the rest.
    It's cost effective and quite effective.

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    LAWMANTUKES

    almost 4 years ago

    6948 Comments

    "Bump" kikboxfox..

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    wolfgirljess

    almost 4 years ago

    20 Comments

    The punishment should fit the crime, shoot them once in the gut then in an artery and let them bleed out. When they are almost dead, feed them to the wolves!

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    chiefkcr

    almost 4 years ago

    3620 Comments

    I Don't know how those people can sleep at night or look good people in the face. Defence lawyers I mean.

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    DALLASCRANE

    almost 4 years ago

    19386 Comments

    Lt. Eric Shuhandler RIP. Redondo and Irizarry, both high on methamphetamine need to be ready for Mr. Needle, a high to die for........

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    petecoolcattt

    almost 4 years ago

    652 Comments

    These two POS are nothing but vile creatures that plague mother earth and thieve ogygen from decent folk. No filthy defence lawyer - regardless of their lack of scruples and character - should have gone near this, but they do. Scum are Scum - just as a good 'silk' is in their same field. I truly hope and pray for the family and friends of this decent, caring Warrior brother to remain strong and NEVER give up the fight. As for the two animals that did this henious act - extermination is the only answer in my humble opinion. They don't even deserve the time to be written about. Gob Bless all my fellow international brothers and sisters in blue.

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    sahelms

    almost 4 years ago

    190 Comments

    Sometimes I wonder if defense lawyers ease their conscience (assuming they have one) by puking up some BS "defense" when they know the perp did it. After all, it's their duty to provide the best defense they can muster. In this case, anything was better than the truth.

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    DonnaLynn

    almost 4 years ago

    10498 Comments

    Aye for Public Hangings! RIP Officer Shuhandler and God bless his family.

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    FCPD0341

    almost 4 years ago

    792 Comments

    Rot in hell you pieces of trash

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    DDemlong

    almost 4 years ago

    2238 Comments

    Scum bags will get their deserve

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    kikboxfox

    almost 4 years ago

    86 Comments

    I'm so disgusted with the garbage responsible for Police Lt. Eric Shuhandler's death that I failed to pay my respects to him and his family in my previous post. My thoughts and prayers are with you! Thank you for your service and your bravery. Thank you for being the hero that you were to your community! Now it's up to the legal system to be a hero to you!

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