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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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When I was just a kid, my father was a police officer. In 1970 when Bluhm and Stone were killed, it was the first time I realized that my father could fall victim to evil. It left quite an impression on me.
Seven years later (1977) I was sworn in and became a police officer. 39+ years later, I retired (2016).
Each time I go to the AZ Peace Officer's Memorial, I go and find the names of Bluhm and Stone on the wall. I stand in saddened amazement of the names of those who have given it all since this incident. This always has, and always the benchmark for me. Rest in Peace, thank you for your service.

Det. Kelvin A. Helmick; Retired
Chandler AZ PD
July 26, 2017

 

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