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.

Bio

  • 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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April 16th, 1999, the City of Chandler and it's police department changed forever. We lost more than this great man that day, we became a big city with big city problems that day. Things were never the same again. God bless you Jim, and god bless your son for honoring you with is courage in carrying on your legacy!

Lt. John Shearer
Chandler Police department (Ret.)
July 28, 1991 - March 26, 2014

September 21, 2020

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