Police Officer Erik David Hite

Police Officer Erik David Hite

Tucson Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Monday, June 2, 2008

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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 of Tanque Verde Road onto Tomahawk Trail, where he stopped his vehicle and set up 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.

Bio

  • 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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For some reason your memory passed through my mind again today and just felt the need to stop and reflect. You were an amazing mentor in the air force and a good friend to me. I'll never forget the day we all found out about your passing. Our entire squadron came to a grinding halt and many of us were devastated. It's been over 11 years now, and 15 years or so since your were apart of our military family, but you have never been forgotten and your service to God and country lives on in our minds. Rest easy brother.

MIchael Brown USAF Ret
355 AMXS / 357 AMU

October 23, 2019

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