AZ DPS

FALLEN OFFICERS

Juan N. Cruz

Juan N. Cruz, 48

Residence: Tucson
Badge: 3111
End of Watch: December 9, 1998

Officer Cruz, along with two other DPS officers, were blocking the high-speed (left) traffic lane of Interstate 10 in Tucson, Arizona, with their patrol vehicles, while investigating a prior collision. A westbound vehicle driven by Tucson resident Marissa A. Rodriguez, 21, struck the rear of Officer Cruz's parked vehicle. Officer Cruz, a District 8 officer based in Tucson, was inside the vehicle which exploded into flames upon impact. According to Pima County Sheriff's Office investigators Rodriguez had a BAC of .168. On April 12, 2000, Rodriguez entered a plea of guilty to manslaughter and two counts of aggravated assault and awaits sentencing which is scheduled for May 24, 2000.