Officer James Robert Snedigar

Officer James Robert Snedigar

Chandler Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Friday, April 16, 1999

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James Robert Snedigar

Officer James Snedigar was shot and killed while performing a SWAT raid on armed robbery suspects at 1100 N. Priest Drive.

The suspects had been chased to an apartment complex after robbing a jewelry store in Tempe, Arizona. They then forced their way into an apartment and holed up. The SWAT team tossed stun grenades into the apartment but were met by gunfire as they entered. Officer Snedigar, who was the point man and was wearing body armor, was shot in the face just inside the doorway.

Other officers returned fire, killing one of the suspects, who was also wearing a bulletproof vest.

Officer Snedigar had served with the Chandler Police Department for five years. He is survived by his wife, son, two daughters, and grandson.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 312

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Semi-automatic
  • Offender 1 shot and killed; 2 arrested

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Uncle Jim Bob,

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t miss you. I always look up to the clock at 3:12 and always manage to see the mile marker 312... I am honored to have known you and spent the time I had with you. Our Camping and fishing trips will never be forgotten. Our family dinners and birthdays, our daily adventures at the ranch will never be forgotten. I only wish that my husband and children would have had the honor of knowing you. My Mom, your sister misses you more than you know. Granny, your mom is one of the strongest women I know and she misses you but knows you are living the life with Dad, Papa.

I look up to you always and will always love and respect you. I teach my children everyday and hopefully they will become at least half the man you were. I have nothing but love and honor to share for you.

Love you so much Uncle Jim Bob,

Ashlee Helser

October 28, 2018

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