Police Officer Rolando Alberto Tirado

Police Officer Rolando Alberto Tirado

Buckeye Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Sunday, May 1, 2011

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Rolando Alberto Tirado

Police Officer Rolando Tirado was shot and killed after stopping a vehicle in a parking lot on South 35th Avenue in Phoenix.

Officer Tirado and another officer were working an off-duty security detail at a business in the city of Phoenix when they stopped a truck with dark tinted windows because the driver had been driving erratically in the parking lot around 1:15 a.m. As he was talking to the driver, the front-seat passenger exited the SUV, walked around the back of the vehicle and shot Officer Tirado from behind. Officer Tirado succumbed to his wounds and died at the scene.

The gunman then engaged in a gun fight with the second officer, during which the gunman was shot and killed. The second officer, also from the Buckeye Police Department, was transported to a local hospital in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds to his shoulder, neck, and lower body.

The driver of the SUV was critically wounded during the gun fight, and a third occupant fled the scene but was captured two days later by the Phoenix Police Department.

Officer Tirado was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and served with the Buckeye Police Department for seven years. He had served in law enforcement for an additional four years. He is survived by his wife and two children.

Bio

  • Age 37
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge 3156
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and wounded

off-duty, suspicious vehicle, vehicle stop

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Brother T,

Another year has gone by and we all miss you very much! I think about you from time to time and laugh when I think about some of the smart ass comments you used to make... especially when you were talking smack to Eric! Love you buddy!

RIPHERO!!!

Sgt. Greg Welch (ret)
Surprise PD

May 2, 2022

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