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Phoenix Police Ask Public To Help Find Officer's Killer

Phoenix Police Ask Public To Help Find Officer's Killer

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Arizona Daily Star

October 21, 2010

PHOENIX – After two days of an extensive ongoing investigation that involves some of the most experienced homicide detectives working around the clock, Phoenix police are no closer to explaining how a patrol sergeant ended up dead alongside his squad vehicle in an alley near an open industrial lot.

With limited physical evidence and witnesses, Phoenix police are asking the public’s help to provide tips that could lead to an arrest in the fatal shooting of Sgt. Sean Drenth.

The department is treating Drenth’s death as a homicide, and investigators said they refuse to rule anything out.

However, investigators declined Wednesday to release details on the weapon used in Drenth’s slaying, the position of the sergeant’s body or any timeline of the events leading up to his death.

Investigators with the Phoenix Police Violent Crimes Bureau said they couldn’t discuss any details to preserve the crime scene.

Revealing specifics on the position of Drenth’s body, or the type of gunshot wound, could prevent detectives from separating potential suspects from false confessors during later interrogations.

“We understand people are frustrated, we understand people want answers,” said Sgt. Trent Crump, the department spokesman handling the Drenth case.

“That is tough, when all you have is the scene.”

The case could be presented through Silent Witness as soon as today in an effort to get tips from the public.

With few or no eyewitnesses, detectives hoped to glean information from others who might have seen or heard something related indirectly to the case.

Police leaders said local organizations have discussed offering an undisclosed amount of money to help provide a higher reward for information that could help detectives solve the case.


Drenth was found shot to death around 10:45 p.m. Monday in an open industrial lot near Jackson Street and 19th Avenue. He was on patrol, though Crump said he was neither writing a report in his vehicle nor responding to an emergency call.

His fellow officers lost radio contact with him between 10 and 11 p.m. His body was later discovered by Arizona Capitol police in an alley near the Union Pacific Railroad tracks.

Investigators were still looking at early forensics results, and the Maricopa County medical examiner’s report on Drenth’s death is still listed as “open and pending,” according to the office.

Phoenix Public Safety Manager Jack Harris met with Drenth’s widow and other relatives on Wednesday.

“Obviously they’re upset,” Harris said.

“They’re concerned. They’re grieving. It’s an especially difficult time for them and we have a large team over there and supporters trying to help the family through this.”

The chief said some of the homicide detectives assigned to the Drenth case were experienced veterans who worked on past serial-killer cases.

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    revCCBeasley

    over 3 years ago

    2944 Comments

    Somebody knows and saw.....I pray they come forward.

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 3 years ago

    19386 Comments

    My prayers are with friend and family. Sgt. Drenth Rest in Heaven We have your watch.

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    rsironron

    over 3 years ago

    5220 Comments

    I hope they find whoever did this and remove them from the face of the earth.

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    hotmomperez03

    over 3 years ago

    1902 Comments

    Rest in peace,
    Sgt. Drenth.

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    Whalewatcher

    over 3 years ago

    10928 Comments

    Rest in peace, Sgt. Drenth.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    "..... investigators declined Wednesday to release details on the weapon used in Drenth’s slaying, the position of the sergeant’s body or any timeline of the events...."

    That's the way to go brothers... Don't jeopardize ANY aspects of the investigation... Release information only on a need-to-know basis... I'm certain you will find the scum bag responsible, given the professional skills of the officers in charge...
    Screw the Media.
    R.I.P. Brother.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    RIP,Thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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    npd783

    over 3 years ago

    1158 Comments

    My prayers are with the family, it will be very tough dealing with this in the news all the time.

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    philfroggy

    over 3 years ago

    1564 Comments

    I have faith that this coward will be caught, It is only a matter of time

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    wiseass0282

    over 3 years ago

    10986 Comments

    Sooner or later the person or persons who did this will tell someone and it will get back to the Police, just like that last time. My thoughts and prayers are with the Sgt. his family, friends and co workers. His brothers and sisters in blue will not stop until they have the person who did this in custody.

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    rhood

    over 3 years ago

    23592 Comments

    Thoughts and prayers are with the family. Good police work now will yeild results later in bringing the suspect(s) to justice. I hope that it is sooner than later.

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    DarkBlue

    over 3 years ago

    4880 Comments

    THE MEDIA PISSES ME OFF. ONLY THE MURDERER KNOWS ANYTHING SPECIFIC. THIS IS WHY NO INFORMATION IS RELEASED. THEY KNOW THIS AND YET THEY BAIT THE PUBLIC WITH IDEAS THAT SOMETHING IS BEING COVERED UP. IT NEVER ENDS.

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    Irishcop1961

    over 3 years ago

    46104 Comments

    Hope for a quick arrest here.

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    Anonymous

    over 3 years ago

    I wish I could be there. Sean was a friend before he ever went to the Academy. We lived in the Phoenix Metro area 15 years and I still have lots of friends there. I will always hold you as one of my special HEROes, Sean. I will always miss you.

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    policeryan

    over 3 years ago

    852 Comments

    hope that catch the piece of scum and fry him

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