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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Hard to believe it has been 20 years since Jim was taken. Not a day goes by that I don't have some reminder of that horrible day. Jim was a HERO and willingly went into danger, not only this day, but throughout his life. He is very missed. I miss our visits and conversations about Chandler, his service and his desire to be a leader in the SWAT team. I miss his huge smile, his laugh and his dedication to duty. But most of all I miss his friendship. He gave his heart freely and was a gentle giant of a man. His legacy of service continues with his son Rupert. What a joy it is to watch him develop into a great young man. Jim is very proud. To Dawn and the rest of the family, we love you all and pray your reunion with Jim in Heaven will bring peace, as I know the pain never goes away here.

Sgt. Kenny Thatcher, (Ret.)
Chandler PD

April 9, 2019

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