Sergeant Thomas Alan Hontz

Sergeant Thomas Alan Hontz

Scottsdale Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Wednesday, February 20, 2002

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Thomas Alan Hontz

Sergeant Thomas Hontz was killed following a training exercise when a piece of equipment exploded at about 5:00 pm.

He was participating in a SWAT team training exercise at two vacant homes on the southwest corner of the intersection of Guadalupe Road and Higley Road in Gilbert. The training was nearing completion when a device used to puncture a wall and pump tear gas into a room exploded. Fourteen other officers and firefighters from several agencies were injured as a result of the explosion.

Sergeant Hontz had served with the Scottsdale Police Department for 24 years and was one of the officers responsible for the creation of the agency's SWAT team.

He is survived by his wife and three sons.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 24 years
  • Badge 273

Incident Details

  • Cause Explosion

explosion, swat, training

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Rest in peace Sergeant Hontz.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 20, 2022

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