Grieve for the Fallen

I don’t want to make this an ongoing thing, but:

TPD officer killed while chasing man

A Tucson police officer was fatally shot Monday afternoon while chasing a man involved in a hit-and-run collision in Midtown, authorities said.

Officer Patrick K. Hardesty, 40, became the first Tucson Police Department officer to be killed while on duty in 21 years.

Police said late Monday that the man detained after the shooting had been charged with first-degree murder in the officer’s death. He was identified by police as John Montenegro Cruz, 33.

No motive for the slaying has been released.

My condolences to his friends and family. My thanks for his willingness to sacrifice.

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