Officer Nicki Erfle
Phoenix Arizona Police Department
End of Watch: Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Tour of Duty: 8 years
Badge Number: 6994
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Shot and killed
Officer Nick Erfle was shot after he and his partner approached three people for jaywalking and obstructing traffic on 24th Street, one block north of Thomas Road.
They determined that a 24-year-old male had a misdemeanor warrant andas they attempted to take him into custody, the suspect drew a weapon and shot Officer Erfle in the face. He was rushed to Banner Good
Samaritan Medical Center where he died from his injuries an hour later.
The suspect then carjacked a vehicle and took the driver hostage.
About an hour later, an unmarked special assignments unit spotted a car and suspect matching the carjacked vehicle's description.
They began surveillance and managed to box in the vehicle at 27th Avenue and McDowell Road. The suspect pointed his gun at the hostage and another officer shot and killed the suspect. The driver of the vehicle was not injured. The two females who were with the suspect when he was initially stopped were taken into custody for questioning.
Officer Erfle had served with the Phoenix Police Department for 8 years. He is survived by his Parents, wife and two children.
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