Officer Erik Hite
Tucson, Arizona Police
End of Watch: Monday, June 2, 2008
Tour of Duty: 4 years
Badge Number: 46584
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Sunday, June 1, 2008
Weapon Used: Rifle
Suspect Info: Apprehended
Officer Erik Hite succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day by a suspect who was fleeing deputies from the Pima County Sheriff's Department.
The suspect had shot and wounded two deputies who had responded to two homes that the suspect had fired a rifle into. The suspect then fled the home in a vehicle, with one of the wounded deputies in pursuit.
During the pursuit the suspect suddenly made a U-turn and fired at Officer Hite, who was sitting in his patrol car.
The suspect continued to flee but stopped his vehicle a short time later and surrendered.
Officer Hite was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Tucson Police Department for 4 years. He is survived by his Parents, wife, son and daughter.
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