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Phoenix Police officer dies after gunfire exchange with robbery suspect

May 20, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Phoenix Police officer dies after gunfire exchange with robbery suspect

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A 12-year veteran police officer in Phoenix along with a 19-year-old robbery suspect were both killed during an exchange of gunfire,  according to authorities.

Phoenix Police officials said officer David Glasser died Thursday, the day after he was shot responding to a call about a son stealing guns from his father.

An emotional Police Chief Joe Yahner held back tears as he remembered Glasser’s memory, saying, “he will be honored from this day forward. He embodied what a Phoenix police officer is.”

“Dave served his community, and he continues to serve right now as he is donating his organs for the betterment of people he doesn’t even know,” said Yahner.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said, “our entire city is hurting, on this dark day.”

Glasser was shot on Wednesday in the suburb of Laveen and had been in critical condition, ABC15 reported.

According to reports, Glasser and his partner responded to calls from a resident, who reported his son was robbing guns from the home.

Police units including both cops parked behind a car in the driveway unbeknownst of an armed man in the house.

As soon as the officers exited the patrol vehicle, the suspect opened fire hitting Glasser. Police returned fire, killing 19-year-old Israel Santos-Banos, then turned their attention to Glasser’s injuries.

“They did everything they could to place Officer Glasser in a position of safety and rendered aid,” Yahner said. “The officers’ actions at the scene were heroic, and I’m very proud of them.”

Glasser leaves behind a wife along with a young son and daughter.

Governor of Arizona,  Doug Ducey ordered flags at all state government buildings flown at half-staff in honor of Glasser’s service.

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