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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

Incident Date: 7/27/2007

Weapon: Handgun; .40 caliber

Suspect: 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 brother,

I say a prayer for you all the time. In my mind, it helps. I miss lifting with you at the station, and seeing your happy smile. Guard those gates well, and save me a spot on your squad.

TC
Phoenix PD
April 22, 2014

 

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