Login | About Us | Contact Us | Search Connect With ODMP Facebook Twitter
ODMP Remembers...

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

· Leave a Reflection
· Add to My Heroes
· Update this memorial

Share this memorial:
Email to a Friend

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.

Leave a Reflection · Update Memorial

View all 567 Reflections

Most Recent Reflection


Today is your 10 year anniversary. You are still as missed today as you were the day it happened. There is still a gaping void in this world for those who knew you. I am healing a bit better; I have one year of law school left. Leaving that job was vital for me and my family.

You are not forgotten; not today, not ever. Thank you for your sacrifice; it will be honored as long as I am alive. I love you. Safe Travels, wherever you are.

M.Andrews 8497; former Phx PD.

Matt Andrews, Detective
Former Phoenix PD
July 27, 2017


Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now:

(will show below Reflection)
(will show below Reflection)
(e-mail remains private)
Remember my rank, agency and email address
I have read and agree to the Reflections Terms of Use
(revised 5/31/2012)
All 2017 Deaths