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DPS remembers fallen Officer Chris Marano, Badge #6759

Officer dies while trying to stop fleeing suspect

Friday, December 18, 2009 -

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On December 17, 2009, at approximately 9:29 p.m., an Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) Officer located a vehicle with a stolen license plate traveling westbound on State Route 101 at 64th street. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle at the 56th street exit. At the 7th Street exit on the Loop 101, DPS Officer Chris Marano was out of his vehicle and in the process of deploying stop sticks, which is a tire deflation device, in an effort to disable the fleeing suspect vehicle and end the pursuit.

Officer Marano was standing in the right shoulder of the freeway. The suspect vehicle veered into the right shoulder while the pursuing DPS patrol vehicle remained in the right travel lane striking Officer Marano.

Officer Marano, 28, of Surprise, Ariz., was transported to John C. Lincoln Hospital North Mountain where he was pronounced deceased at 10:09 p.m. He is survived by his wife, Shelly Marano, and four children ages 7, 5, 5, and 4 months. Officer Marano had served with DPS three and one half years. Shelly is a State Correctional Officer with the Arizona Department of Corrections (DOC) and is currently assigned to the Lewis Prison Complex.

The suspect vehicle continued and exited the freeway at 7th Avenue. With the assistance of citizens, officers located the abandoned vehicle at 5th Avenue and Tonopah. A perimeter was established with the aid of Phoenix Police and the Mesa Police helicopter. A Phoenix Police Canine unit located the suspect hiding on the balcony of a condominium. The suspect did not respond to officer’s commands and was bitten by a police canine.

The suspect, Georgia Lynn Baker, 43, of Phoenix was transported to a local hospital for treatment of the bite injury. Investigators believe she was impaired by drugs.

Baker remains in the hospital and will undergo minor surgery. We expect her to be booked into the Maricopa County 4th Avenue Jail. DPS will notify media when the suspect is transported which should be sometime today.

Officer Chris Marano was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated from High School in 2000 from Washburn High School in Minnesota before joining the Navy where he was in active service as a military police officer from 2000-2005. Marano was in the Navy reserve from 2005 until 2008. Below is a list of his commendations while in the Navy.

U.S. Navy: 8/13/2000 to 10/13/2005 (required active service)
Served as a Military Police Officer in Naples, Italy and aboard USS Nimitz for a combined 4 years
separated with Honorable discharge.
Awards during active service:
1) 2002 Letter of Commendation for providing protection to a large number of high risk dignitaries in Castel, Volturno, Italy.
2) 2003 Letter of Appreciation for outstanding performance in emergency response of vehicular accident involving a shipmate in Italy
3) 2005 Letter of Commendation Citation for outstanding performance of duty as Watch Commander aboard USS Nimitz.

Visitation and funeral arrangements for Officer Christopher R. Marano


Tuesday, December 22, 2009
6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Private Visitation
7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Public Visitation

Shadow Mountain Mortuary
2350 E. Greenway Road
Phoenix, Ariz. 85022

Funeral Service

Wednesday, December 23, 2009
10:00 a.m.

Christ Church of the Valley
7007 W. Happy Valley Road
Peoria, Ariz. 85383
(Southwest corner of 67th Ave and Happy Valley Road)

Committal and honor services to be held immediately following the funeral on site.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Christopher Marano Memorial Fund, which has been established at:

Desert Schools Federal Credit Union (DSFCU)
Account: #4326392835

Please send condolences to:

The following is a statement from Shelly Marano (the wife of Fallen Officer Chris Marano):

I'm sorry..I don't really know what to say. Chris was the kind of guy who had a tough exterior, but was putty in his girls' hands, a diamond in the rough. He worked hard to make a difference in life, and better the future of his children. Chris always told me to "shoot for the moon, if you only reach the stars, its ok...The view is still amazing"
He was the love of my life, my world and my knight in shining armor. He managed to make it through 5 1/2 years in the Navy and came home unharmed. Being an officer was what he dreamed of, he was working towards going to S.W.A.T. He was a loving and caring father, and a wonderful husband that I'm going to miss terribly. He will be FOREVER in my heart and always in my dreams.


The Marano family is requesting privacy at this time. Media outlets have gone to the home to interview family members as they grieve. We ask that all interview requests go through the DPS PIO’s. This is a difficult time for everyone. Please take that into consideration. The family has indicated they will have nothing further to say.

Attached are several photos of Officer Chris Marano, including his wife and children.

Additional photos and video of the funeral services will be uploaed to the following link:



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The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.