Police Officer Erik David Hite

Police Officer Erik David Hite

Tucson Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Monday, June 2, 2008

Erik David Hite

Officer Erik Hite succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day by a suspect who had wounded a Pima County Sheriff's Department deputy.

The suspect had fired a rifle into the homes of two neighbors and then fled as the first responding deputy arrived at the location. As the deputy pursued him, the suspect opened fire and wounded him.

Members of the Tucson Police Department spotted the vehicle a short time later and continued pursuing it even as the suspect continued to fire at them. The suspect then turned off the main road onto a residential street where he stopped his vehicle and setup an ambush.

As Officer Hite turned the corner onto the street, the suspect opened fire from a distance of approximately 80 yards, striking Officer Hite in the head.

The suspect continued to flee and wounded another deputy before finally surrendering. In February 2012 he pleaded guilty to first degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison. He won't start serving the sentence until it is determined that he is competent enough to have this commitment ended at the state hospital.

Officer Hite was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Tucson Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife, adult son, 1-year-old daughter, and parents.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 46584
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, June 1, 2008
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Yesterday, which was Sunday, February 18, 2018, I happened to be driving by the neighborhood where you were shot. I stopped and got out and looked at the markers on the side of the street that the Tucson police have put up. Hard to believe you've been gone almost ten years. In a way, I've come full circle in my life. I've started going back to Saguaro Canyon Church, where we got to know each other. There's the park on the church grounds that's named for you and your family, and I still think about you almost every day. I've got almost four years until retire from the Pima County sheriff's department. Still in the monitor room, keeping the courthouse safe. We got the watch for you, Erik. Take care, until we meet again.

PSSS Casey P. Jennings
Pima County Sheriff's Department, Tucson AZ.

February 19, 2018

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