Police Officer Jair Cabrera Salt River Police Department, Tribal Police End of Watch: Saturday, May 24, 2014

Police Officer Jair Cabrera | Salt River Police Department, Tribal PoliceSalt River Police Department, Tribal Police

Police Officer Jair Cabrera

Salt River Police Department, Tribal Police
End of Watch: Saturday, May 24, 2014

Biographical Info

Age: 37
Tour of Duty: 7 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: May 24, 2014
Weapon Used: Rifle
Suspect Info: In custody

Agency Contact Information

Chief Patrick R. Melvin
Salt River Police Department
10005 East Osborn Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
Phone: (480) 850-8200

Police Officer Jair Cabrera was shot and killed while making a traffic stop near the intersection of Chaparral Road and Pima Road, on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, at 3:05 am.
The vehicle pulled into a gas station near the border with Scottsdale city. A subject armed with a rifle exited and opened fire, striking Officer Cabrera before he exited his patrol car. Three subjects fled the scene on foot but were all apprehended.
Officer Cabrera was transported to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Officer Cabrera had served for seven years with the Salt River Police Department. He was survived by his parents, brother, and girlfriend.

A police officer for an American Indian community in eastern metropolitan Phoenix was fatally shot during a traffic stop.

The officer for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community was shot early Saturday after he made contact with people in the vehicle, FBI spokesman Perryn Collier said.

Salt River police spokesman Det. Vicente Cendejas (SIN-day-haus) said the death of Jair Cabrera marks the first time that an officer in the community’s police department was killed in the line of duty.

He told The Associated Press that three suspects are in custody.

It’s unknown whether the 37-year-old Cabrera returned fire or the reason why he pulled over the vehicle.

KNXV-TV reports that a bullet fired by one of the suspects went through the officer’s windshield, striking him.

Cabrera was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Salt River Police Chief Patrick Melvin said Cabrera had been a member of the department for seven years and loved and protected the community well.

The station says Cabrera is survived by his parents, a brother and his girlfriend.

If you want to make donations, an account has been set up at Wells Fargo under the name Jair Cabrera Memorial Fund.

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