Gilbert Police Department's Press Release on the shooting death of one of their own.
DPS is conducting the criminal investigation of the suspects pursuit and shootout with police
Friday, January 29, 2010 -
Date of Incident
Time of Incident
Type of Incident
Officer Killed in Line of Duty
Location of Incident
Baseline and Val Vista Road
PIO Writing Release
Sgt. Mark Marino
PIO Contact Number
Summary of Event
On 01/28/2010, Lt. Eric Shuhandler (42), a 16 year veteran, was killed in the line of duty after being shot during a traffic stop at Val Vista and Baseline Road.
At approximately 2242 hours Lieutenant Shuhandler initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle at Val Vista and Baseline Road, Gilbert, for an obstructed license plate. Lt. Shuhandler contacted the two occupants of the vehicle. He obtained their names and identification. Lt. Shuhandler requested a back up officer respond during the investigatory stop.Lt. Shuhandler approached the passenger side of the truck and was shot one time in the head at 2254 hours.
The suspects fled in the vehicle. Two Mesa PD sergeants heard the shot while they were meeting on the north side of Baseline Road. They began to respond to check the area as a witness to the shooting notified Gilbert PD by using Lt. Shuhandler’s radio. Another witness also dialed 9-1-1.
A Gilbert Police Officer spotted the suspect truck near Higley and Baseline and was immediately met with gunfire. A pursuit was initiated that continued eastbound on US60. Officers were being fired upon during the pursuit. The suspects threw tools and equipment from the bed of the truck. Several police cars were disabled as a result of being hit with gunfire and debris thrown in their path.
Officers from Gilbert Police, Mesa Police, Ariz. Dept. of Public Safety (DPS), Pinal and Maricopa County Sheriff's Offices assisted in the apprehension of these suspects.
The pursuit came to an end near Globe after the suspects stopped in the roadway. Christopher Redondo got out of the truck and engaged officers with gun fire as he ran to the front of the truck. The driver, Daimen Irzarry also fled to the front of the truck. Officers returned fire stopping the attack. A K-9 was released and the suspects were taken into custody. They were transported to local hospitals for non – life threatening injuries.
Lt. Shuhandler is survived by his ex-wife, sister, mother, father and two young daughters, ages 10 and 12.
A memorial fund has been established at the Wells Fargo Bank. Account #1359531975
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