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Police Officer George Valentino Cortez, Jr. | Phoenix Police Department, Arizona Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

Police Officer

George Valentino Cortez, Jr.

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch: Friday, July 27, 2007

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 8232

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .40 caliber

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Officer George Cortez was shot and killed after responding to a check-cashing store to investigate reports of a forgery-in-progress.

At approximately 5:30 pm, Officer Cortez responded to a call that a man and woman were passing forged checks at a check-cashing business on 83rd Avenue, near Encanto Boulevard. Officer Cortez entered the business and was placing the male suspect in handcuffs when the man drew a stolen Glock .40 and shot Officer Cortez twice in the head and once in the shoulder.

Officer Cortez was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital where he died from his injuries.

The suspects fled the scene, but were apprehended the next day. They were charged with capital first-degree murder, burglary and forgery. The male subject was convicted of murder and was sentenced to death on October 19, 2010.

Officer Cortez had served with the Phoenix Police Department for two years and as a detention officer with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department for two years. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and parents.

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George, we never met but I feel like I knew you through your mom. She is an amazing, strong, genuine, caring person that I love dearly so I know you were all those things as well. I think of you often and thank you for your sacrifice for us. Today another officer was taken too soon and it broke my heart to hear it because I've seen firsthand the effects of such a tremendous loss with your family. I came to this site because I was thinking of making a donation even though I can't afford it but once I started reading the outpouring support and love from everyone on this page I know I must contribute and do so in your honor. I will do my best to continue watching out for your mom as you watch over us all. It is with much love and respect I say RIP Georgie ❤️

A friend
May 20, 2016


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