Police Officer Jair Abelardo Cabrera

Police Officer Jair Abelardo Cabrera

Salt River Police Department, Tribal Police

End of Watch Saturday, May 24, 2014

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Jair Abelardo Cabrera

Police Officer Jair Cabrera was shot and killed while making a traffic stop near the intersection of Chaparral Road and Pima Road, on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, at 3:05 am.

The vehicle pulled into a gas station near the border with Scottsdale city. A subject armed with a rifle exited the car, steadied the rifle on the roof, and opened fire. Officer Cabrera was struck in the head by one of the rounds before he exited his patrol car. Three subjects fled the scene on foot but were all apprehended.

Officer Cabrera was transported to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

On September 17th, 2015, the subject was convicted of first degree murder and using a firearm in commission of a violent crime resulting in murder. He was subsequently sentenced to life in prison. The man was who was driving the vehicle and supplied the weapon was sentenced to 27 years.

Officer Cabrera had served for seven years with the Salt River Police Department. He was survived by his parents, brother, and girlfriend.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 201

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Arizona
  • Weapon Rifle; AR-15
  • Offender Sentenced to life

traffic stop

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Officer Jair Abelardo Cabrera, You Are Honored And Remembered Today... Sir, Your Dedication To Law Enforcement Is Not Forgotten... May You Rest In Eternal Peace, Officer Jair Abelardo Cabrera...

Gail Mercado

May 24, 2023

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