Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 3 years, 6 months
Badge # 6759
Cause: Vehicle pursuit
Incident Date: 12/17/2009
Weapon: Not available
Suspect: Convicted of murder
Officer Chris Marano was struck and killed by a patrol car involved in a vehicle pursuit as he laid out spike strips.
Members of the Arizona Department of Public Safety attempted to stop a vehicle bearing stolen license plates. The vehicle failed to stop and fled. A pursuit ensued, reaching speeds of over 100 Miles Per Hour. Officer Marano was laying out spike strips on the Loop 101 near Phoenix when he was struck and killed by a patrol car involved in the pursuit.
The pursuit continued and the suspect was eventually apprehended during a foot chase after she bailed out of her vehicle. In September 2011 the woman was found guilty of murder and two other charges in connection with Officer Marano's death, and was sentenced to serve her natural life in prison.
Officer Marano had served with the Arizona Department of Public Safety for three and a half years. He is survived by his wife and four daughters.