On September 10, 2002, Officer Beryl “Wayne” Scott # 5580 was killed while responding to assist in the investigation of a fatal traffic collision. Officer Scott was riding his police motorcycle traveling south on 7th Street at Thunderbird Road when a motorist pulled in front of him and the two collided.
Officer Scott was 35 years old and had been on the department for eleven years.
He is survived by his wife, who was 6 months pregnant at the time.
Prior to joining the Phoenix Police Department, Officer Scott served as an officer with the El Mirage Police Department.
On May 10, 2004, Officer Don R. Schultz #4410 was searching for evidence in the Arizona Canal at 19th Avenue and Hatcher Road with other members of the Phoenix Police Department’s Dive Team. Don came loose from his tender line and was found lodged in a canal gate and freed by other members of the Dive Team. He was hospitalized and passed away two days later.
He was 43 years old and had been an officer for almost 20 years.
He is survived by his wife.
Officer Eric White Officer Jason Wolfe
On August 28, 2004, Officer Eric White #7275 and Officer Jason Wolfe #7215 responded to a call of a shooting at 1905 W. Las Palmaritas Drive. After evacuating surrounding apartments, officers attempted to make contact with the suspect. As the officers forced entry into the apartment they were immediately met by gunfire. Both Officer White and Wolfe sustained fatal gunshot wounds.
Officer White was 30 years old and had been on the department for four and half years. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Officer Wolfe was 27 years old and had been on the department for four and half years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.
On May 10, 2005, Officer David Uribe #4276 made a traffic stop at 3400 W. Cactus Road. As he approached the vehicle, he was shot by a suspect. Officer Uribe was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds later that day.
He was 48 years old and had been an officer for 22 years.
He is survived by his wife, two stepchildren and 5 children, including his son Adam, who is also a Phoenix Police Officer.
On November 29, 2005, Officer Paul Salmon #8256 was involved in a traffic collision while responding to an emergency call of a family fight in the area of 35th Avenue and Baseline Road. Officer Salmon lost control of his vehicle, struck a median, pole, and rolled several times. He was transported to the hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Officer Salmon was 22 years old and had just completed his Field Training Program. He is survived by his parents and a fiancé.
On July 27, 2007, Officer George V. Cortez #8232 was killed after responding to a call that a man and woman were passing forged checks at a business at 83rd Avenue and Encanto Boulevard. Officer Cortez entered the business and was placing the male suspect in handcuffs when he drew a gun and shot Officer Cortez several times.
Officer Cortez was 23 years old and had served with the Phoenix Police Department for two years. He had also served as a Detention Officer with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for two years.
He is survived by his wife and two sons.
On September 18, 2007, Officer Nick J. Erfle #6994 was shot after he and his partner approached three people for jaywalking and obstructing traffic on 24th Street, north of Thomas Road. One man gave a fictitious name that had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. As they attempted to take him into custody, the suspect drew a weapon and shot Officer Erfle. He was rushed to the hospital where he died from his injuries a short time later.
Officer Erfle was 33 years old and had served with the department for eight years.
He is survived by his wife and two sons.
On October 25, 2008, Officer Shane Figueroa #8485 was killed in a traffic collision while responding to a call for service. Officer Figueroa was northbound on 19th Avenue near Roeser Road responding to a shots fired call, when a truck driven by an impaired driver turned in front of his patrol car. The impact spun the patrol car and sent it into a block wall.
Officer Figueroa was 25 years old and had served with the department for more than two years.
He is survived by his wife and a three month old daughter.