My son's BIL is a cop - one of the best, and expecting his second new addition to his family. I think of him and his kind daily - knowing darned well if I were a younger man - I'd not be at all sure I could handle that line of work.
It's easy to forget that they are at the ''sharp end'' with all the scumbags out there but good to know too that those of us who carry do, in a small way at least, help out with the odds just a bit. The BG's have to remember - it ain't just the boys in blue to worry about - it could also be .... ''is it him''? - ''could it be her''? Keep the buggers wondering - has to help.
From this POV I hope very much that most officers can see us as the allies we are.
Valley officer killed during traffic stop
Judi Villa, David J. Cieslak and Brent Whiting
The Arizona Republic
May. 11, 2005 12:00 AM
A veteran Phoenix police officer who chose to spend his entire 22-year career patrolling the city's streets was shot twice Tuesday during a routine traffic stop and left to die in the roadway.
Officer David Uribe, 48, didn't even have a chance to draw his gun.
Despite an intensive six-hour, house-to-house search, police were still looking for the killer late Tuesday.
Uribe's son, Adam, followed his father's footsteps into the Police Department and was on duty in a different part of the city when his father was shot. Uribe, who patrolled in the Cactus Park Precinct in northwest Phoenix and was married to a Glendale police dispatcher, was the fifth Phoenix officer to die in the past year.
From inside his home, Eugene Butler and his girlfriend, Dawn Cross, heard the fatal shots, then found Uribe lying on his back on Cactus Road at 34th Avenue. Butler, 30, ripped off his tank top and wrapped it around the officer's bleeding head. Cross, 32, tried to plug the bullet holes in Uribe's head and neck with her fingers.
"I didn't care about anything but him," Cross said hours later, still crying.
Moments before the shooting, Uribe had called a license plate in to dispatchers for what should have been a routine traffic stop. The plate had been stolen from a vehicle in Scottsdale, but it was unlikely Uribe knew that when he pulled the Chevy over and stepped out of his patrol car.
"It happened so fast," said Sean Jones, who lives across the street. The officer wasn't even there when Jones, 24, came back from walking his dog. In the time it took him to hang up the leash and reach for a pack of cigarettes, the shots rang out. Five of them. Jones rushed outside.
"I knew he was gone (from) the way he was laying there," he said. "It was sad.
"He wasn't moving. Nothing. They were picking up his arms, and they were just dropping."
Paramedics rushed Uribe to a hospital, where doctors kept him alive on life support for more than four hours, until his family could say their goodbyes. Uribe, of Glendale, a father of five and stepfather to two, was pronounced dead at 3:50 p.m. His family and officers on his squad were at his side.
"(Uribe) paid the ultimate sacrifice with his life in doing his job," Phoenix police Cmdr. Kim Humphrey said. "He is going to be greatly missed."
Shortly after the shooting, the killer abandoned his vehicle about a mile away. Police launched an intensive search for a 6-foot-2, 200-pound bald man in a white T-shirt. Officers also were looking for a second man but gave no description. One man was seen walking from the car with a handgun.
Officers, their weapons drawn and assisted by K-9 units, scoured the area from Cactus Road to Dunlap Avenue, between 28th Drive and 35th Avenue.
Eight schools were locked down during the search.
No suspect was found by Tuesday night, but police said evidence found in the abandoned car led them to believe the men may have been at a Denny's restaurant at 35th Avenue and Bethany Home Road at 4:40 p.m. Monday. The restaurant provided security camera footage of two men, and police said they looked similar to the men seen walking from the car.
Police Chief Jack Harris promised, "We will not leave any stone unturned in apprehending (the shooter). We have to do everything in our power to make sure these people are captured and punished to the extent of the law."
Sgt. Randy Force said Uribe called in the traffic stop at 11:10 a.m. Shortly after, a citizen called 911 to report an officer had "fallen backwards."
"Clearly, this was a situation in which an officer was taken by surprise," Humphrey said. "You don't expect something like this to happen when you make a routine traffic stop.
"It doesn't make any sense at all."
Hundreds of officers arrived throughout the afternoon at John C. Lincoln Hospital- North Mountain, where they consoled each other and wiped away tears. Witnesses said officers at the shooting scene also were crying and could be seen kicking their cars and hitting their windows.
Tylor Garrett, 25, who lives nearby, said a prayer for the officer's family.
"He was just lying there lifeless," Garrett said. "He didn't even have a chance."
At the hospital, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon was among those who stood vigil.
"I absolutely believe there is a special place in heaven for people like David, who live and give their lives for others," Gordon said. "Today, he joins his fellow heroes in that special place."
Uribe's death comes a year to the day that Phoenix police Officer Don Schultz was pulled from a canal after an on-duty diving accident and during the week officers were gathering at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., to honor those killed in the line of duty. Five Arizona officers, including three from Phoenix police, are to be honored at a candlelight vigil Friday night.
Uribe is the fifth Phoenix police officer to die in the past year. Schultz died two days after he was pulled from the canal.
In August, Officers Jason Wolfe and Eric White were shot dead at an apartment complex. Officer Darrol Yoos died in December, 10 months after he was injured in a car accident on his way to work.
Officer Joe Clure, who worked with Uribe in the Maryvale Precinct for about 13 years, described Uribe as a "great guy," "a fantastic cop" and a spiritual man.
"It's kind of tough right now," Clure said before Uribe was pronounced dead. "We're waiting for the inevitable."
Clure later continued, "This is a terrible loss, not just for the family but for the whole community. Dave was a wonderful police officer and a wonderful human being. He died doing what he loved."
Clure said Uribe was a dedicated street cop who was easygoing, personable and the kind of officer he'd want to respond if his parents ever needed help. Uribe, he said, was "a man of character" who "would do anything for you."
"He's just in a better place. Ultimately, we'll all be there," Clure said. "You can't make rhyme nor reason of something like this. You just have to ask the Lord to help you cope."
At least they caught them. Note the bold print near the bottom, what a load of BS:
2 men charged in slaying of officer
Valley manhunt ends in mobile-home park
David J. Cieslak and Emily Bittner
The Arizona Republic
May. 13, 2005 12:00 AM
Two men have been charged in the shooting death of a veteran Phoenix police officer. They were taken into custody Thursday after an intensive two-day manhunt ended at a quiet retirement community.
The capture of Chris Wilson, 27, and Donald "Donny" Delahanty, 18, brought relief to the officer's grieving family members and police across the Valley, who searched for the men day and night after Tuesday morning's fatal shooting. Officer David Uribe, 48, was shot in the head and neck during a traffic stop, then left to die in the roadway.
Police also believe that a third man was with Wilson and Delahanty in the car Uribe had pulled over, but his involvement in the slaying remained unclear. The man, identified only as "Johnny," turned himself in Thursday afternoon and was being questioned, Phoenix police Lt. Benny Piña said.
"Now we can turn our attention to honoring Dave," said Officer Jeff Pfaffenbach, Uribe's former partner and a close friend of his family. "It was just so unnecessary to take his life . . . . It's just a tragedy."
According to Channel 12 News, Delahanty was charged early Friday morning with first-degree murder, and Wilson was charged with second-degree murder.
Detectives were continuing to interrogate Wilson and the other man but neither had been arrested, said Sgt. Randy Force, a department spokesman.
During questioning late Thursday, Wilson and Delahanty separately admitted they were in the car but both denied shooting Uribe, Piña said.
Police took Wilson and Delahanty into custody at the San Estrella mobile-home park for senior citizens near 67th Avenue and Van Buren Street. Investigators said Wilson bolted through several back yards before a police dog found him hiding under one of the trailers. Delahanty surrendered at the same mobile-home park after a two-hour telephone conversation with detectives and his father, Piña said.
Police were led to the retirement community by Wilson's ex-roommate, Piña said. That man told police he had allowed Wilson and Delahanty to stay at his father's house elsewhere in the Valley on Wednesday and that he had dropped them off at the mobile-home park early Thursday morning. It was unclear who owns the trailer.
Eric Anderson, who lives two doors down from the mobile home where Delahanty was apprehended, said he had seen Delahanty and Wilson around the mobile-home park for the past week or two.
On Wednesday night, Wilson asked Anderson for a cigarette and the men spoke briefly. The next morning, when police showed him pictures of Delahanty and Wilson, Anderson immediately recognized Wilson.
"I didn't put it together until the cops showed me the picture," Anderson said. "I didn't just think it was him. I knew it was him."
Wilson and Delahanty were quickly identified as investigative leads in the death of Uribe, a 22-year veteran patrolman killed Tuesday morning after he stopped a vehicle with stolen license plates at 34th Avenue and Cactus Road. Uribe was a married father of five and stepfather of two. His son, Adam, also works as an officer with Phoenix police.
Pfaffenbach, a longtime colleague who held Uribe's hand as doctors removed his life-support systems Tuesday afternoon, said he was riding in a car with Uribe's family when they received word about the apprehensions.
"They're really glad that there was no other bloodshed," Pfaffenbach said. "Dave would have been grateful for that. He would have been glad that there was no violence."
Police said Wilson's and Delahanty's names surfaced after detectives combed through a maroon Chevrolet Monte Carlo abandoned blocks from the shooting. Evidence found inside the car led them to a Denny's restaurant near 35th Avenue and Bethany Home Road, where they believe Wilson and Delahanty ate with "Johnny" the afternoon before Uribe was killed, Piña said.
Janet Wilson, a friend of Delahanty's, said she believes police targeted the wrong man in Uribe's death. Wilson, who is not related to Chris Wilson, said Delahanty was involved with a tough crowd but is not capable of murder.
"Donny has such a big heart. We can't picture him doing anything like this at all," Janet Wilson said. "He's a good boy. We're shocked about all this, absolutely shocked."
At the retirement community where Wilson and Delahanty were apprehended, dozens of patrol cars and a SWAT team surrounded the otherwise quiet neighborhood as officers searched the complex. Residents said they were unnerved by the commotion and shocked that the men were found in their community.
Terrie Cooperman, who lives across the street from the home where Delahanty surrendered, said she saw heavily armed officers aim their weapons at the home just before he walked out. Fearing stray bullets, she hid behind her refrigerator.
Pete Neisser, 75, said his wife, Linda, was inside their mobile home when the police dog found Wilson beneath it. Neisser said his wife was frightened but police safely evacuated her from the home.
"She was a little upset, but she's doing OK," Neisser said.
Randy - murdering punks are always it seems ''such good boys'' - ''never hurt a fly'' - what total garbage and it seems to be spewed almost every time. I guess a (supposed) loving mother never sees any wrong in her offspring.
Facts are facts tho - ''loving boys'' murder folks - often with no thought it seems.
IMO no traffic stop is guaranteed safe - one reason I will (or would if stopped) - take great pains to present an open and non threatening manner, all the quicker to put an officer at ease and thus also myself safer quicker.
David - rest in peace sir - my thoughts go out to your family and friends.
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