Officer Gilbert Richard Chavez

Officer Gilbert Richard Chavez

Phoenix Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Monday, June 16, 1975

Gilbert Richard Chavez

Officer Gilbert Chavez was shot and killed by a juvenile during a burglary of a Phoenix radiator business.

Officer Chavez and his partner had entered the business after dispatchers received an anonymous tip that a burglary was in progress. The officer located one of two suspects and a struggle ensued. Officer Chavez was shot near the heart and critically wounded but managed to radio for help before dying.

The offender served 25 years, was released, re-offended and is serving 56 years for kidnapping.

Officer Chavez had served with the agency for one year. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 2684

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 25 years

burglary in progress, juvenile offender

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Thank you all for remembering my awesome Uncle
..he was an amazing man..really wish he was here to see where we all are..but I Trully believe he watches over me...

Linda Y Higgens
His neice

February 12, 2018

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