Police Officer Jeff Adam Moritz

Police Officer Jeff Adam Moritz

Flagstaff Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Wednesday, June 21, 2000

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Jeff Adam Moritz

Police Officer Jeff Moritz was shot and killed after responding to a noise complaint in an upscale neighborhood during the early morning hours.

Several residents had called the police to report that a pickup truck was repeatedly being driven up and down the street with loud music emanating from the truck. Officer Moritz responded and stopped the pickup truck. Several minutes later, he made an emergency broadcast that he had been shot. A total of five shots were fired at Officer Moritz from a .22 caliber handgun.

Several neighbors administered CPR and Officer Moritz was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was wearing a bulletproof vest but one round struck him in the left shoulder, severing an artery. Despite being wounded, Officer Moritz was able to return fire at the suspect.

The 17-year-old suspect fled the scene but was identified. He was later arrested after a short foot pursuit. The suspect was deemed competent to stand trial and was convicted of first degree murder on September 3, 2003. The suspect was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison. On January 22, 2019, he was ordered freed or retried because evidence of his mental illness was withheld at his trial.

Officer Moritz had served with the Flagstaff Police Department for 4 years. He was survived by his expectant wife and two-year-old son. His second son was born months after Officer Moritz's death.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 10

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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Jeff Moritz was a friend to everyone he worked with. He had a great love for his family. . .he was so in love with his wife and his son. I don't know if he knew about the baby that was coming, but I do know he would have been so excited. He loved his family, his friends, his job and his community. If it weren't for Jeff helping me through college algebra, I wouldn't have my degree. I'm ever grateful to him. May his family always understand what a great man he was, a true Hero. The Moritz family is still in my prayers and always will be.

Mary Lord
Flagstaff PD, Previous Coworker

May 15, 2023

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