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Police Officer Albert R. Bluhm | Phoenix Police Department, Arizona Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

Police Officer

Albert R. Bluhm

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch: Monday, December 28, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: Not available

Badge # 947

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Bluhm was shot and killed after he stopped a stolen truck. One of two suspects opened fire as he hid in the camper shell of the truck. Officer Bluhm was shot three times and died while attempting to radio his position. A passing motorist notified the dispatcher of his location.

Officer Dale Stone was killed in a motorcycle accident while responding to the officer down call put out when Officer Bluhm was shot.

The suspects, both fugitives from Virginia and wanted in Utah in connection with the wounding of a state trooper, were arrested a week later in Cortez, Colorado, following a chase. The gunman was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison January 7, 1973. His accomplice was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to five years to life.

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Police Officer Dale Crist Stone
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I was checking out different websites this memorial day and came across this one. I entered a name from the past (Al Bluhm) and here I am. In December 1970, I was a 20yr old young man who was considering a career as a Phoenix AZ police officer when I heard about Officer Bluhms tragic death. I followed all the news reports and saw how the law enforcement community all over AZ and the nation expressed their support to Officer Bluhms family and friends. This strength of unity and support, cemented my decision to pursue a position with the Phoenix Police Dept and on Dec 11th 1971 I graduated from what was then known as the Phoenix Police Academy and started my career as a patrolman with the 91 squad under Sergeant Ed Routh out of the old Sky harbor substation at the west end of the airport runway. I am leaving this memory to let friends and loved ones of Officer Bluhm know that after 46 years, this old man still remembers the story of officer Albert R. Bluhm.

Patrolman Forrest M Suggs (retired)
Phoenix AZ police department
June 6, 2017

 

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