Officer James Robert Snedigar

Officer James Robert Snedigar

Chandler Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Friday, April 16, 1999

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, We miss you often. I have taken my son out to see where you rest in peace. I hope you've heard us talk to you. Still to this day you are remembered and adored. A lot has happened. But through it all you're always on my mind. I have felt you and poppa looking over me so many times. I have recently gotten in contact with my dad again, I think of you and how your own kids are still affected by you not being with us any more and it just makes me want to be great full my dad is here... I wish I could have known you, people speak so highly of you regardless of how many years pass by... You are still our hero. We love you and miss you. Fallen but never forgotten.

Hailee Snedigar

March 19, 2016

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