Detective John Thomas Hobbs

Detective John Thomas Hobbs

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Monday, March 3, 2014

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John Thomas Hobbs

Detective John Hobbs was shot and killed as he and other members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team attempted to serve a felony warrant on a man who had recently been released from prison and was wanted in connection to a murder.

The subject fled in a vehicle and was pursued by the detectives until crashing at the intersection of 43rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road. The subject then fled on foot. He opened fire on the detectives as they pursued him, striking Detective Hobbs and a second detective. Despite being mortally wounded, Detective Hobbs was able to return fire and fatally shot the subject.

Both wounded detectives were transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in critical condition. Detective Hobbs succumbed to his wounds at the hospital.

Detective Hobbs had served with the Phoenix Police Department for 21 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge 5624

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

convicted felon, warrant

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I am a driving instructor, Officer Hobbs daughter was my student this past December. Today is January 2, 2024. Two months, two days, shy of a decade since the slaying of, by all accounts, a decent servant to the GOD, the community and his fellow man. Often times, my students will share moments from their lives that are treasured gems or deepest heartaches. They stay with me long after. I am grateful for such trust and offer my ear and heartfelt compassion. Teaching someone to drive can be very bonding and I value that experience and cherish it. Officer Hobbs, your daughter Cecilia is feisty, tenacious, stubborn and adorable. She needs to use her turn signal more often but is one smart cookie for sure. She exceeded her own expectations out on the road and quickly learned that she has good instincts and is capable of learning the fine art of defensive driving. You can be proud Sir, as no doubt you are. I used to live near the intersection where you lost your life. It is a rough area of town. You were bravely trying to make it safer and you accomplished your goal by taking out the criminal you were there to apprehend. Sadly you were killed in the process of doing so. RIP Officer Hobbs. Thank you for your service.

Michelle Martinez
Your daughter's driving instructor, Phx

January 2, 2024

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