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Detective John Thomas Hobbs | Phoenix Police Department, Arizona Phoenix Police Department, Arizona


John Thomas Hobbs

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch: Monday, March 3, 2014

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 21 years

Badge # 5624

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Detective John Hobbs was shot and killed as he and other members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team attempted to serve a felony warrant on a man who had recently been released from prison.

The subject fled in a vehicle and was pursued by the detectives until crashing at the intersection of 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road. The subject then fled on foot. He opened fire on the detectives as they pursued him, striking Detective Hobbs and a second detective. Despite being mortally wounded, Detective Hobbs was able to return fire and fatally shot the subject.

Both wounded detectives were transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in critical condition. Detective Hobbs succumbed to his wounds at the hospital.

Detective Hobbs had served with the Phoenix Police Department for 21 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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When I found your memorial site today, it reminded me again that we are part of an international police family. It it now more than three years since your tragic loss, but today you are in my thoughts and prayers. I take this opportunity to say to John's family, friends and colleagues that, as you hold him in your hearts, we share your sense of pride and gratitude for his life and sacrifice. We pray God's comfort, strength and protection for you all.

Andy Paget, Senior Force Chaplain
Avon & Somerset Constabulary, United Kingdom
May 25, 2017


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