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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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Hey Geoege. Today is always a hard day for me, it really hasn't become easier to deal with over the years. Nine years ago I remember when I got the call. I went rushing to the ER with Jessica already knowing you were gone. I cherish the times we spent together, whether it was out for a beer or in the patrol car. I remember the last day we were on 42B and you took a picture of me when i fell asleep as you drive around!

I'm no longer a police officer. The job wore me out, and I had to find something that was a bit easier on me. 9 years later and Jessica is still here, we have a beautiful 5 year old daughter but you are gone. It's hard for me to see pictures of your boys growing. Your oldest looks so much like you. I feel guilty seeing them grow and you can't. I'm sorry. They were just babies when you had to go. I think about you everyday, I love you.

M.A. 8497 former Phx PD 2006-2015.

Matt Andrews
Former Phx PD
July 27, 2016

 

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