AZDPS News & Press Releases

Preliminary Information: 
--Update: Monday, September 25, 2023--

The victim has been identified as Douglas Scott Hunt, 34, of Mesa.

The investigation is ongoing.

--End of Update--


--Preliminary Information: Sunday, September 24, 2024--

On Sunday, September 24, 2023, at -

On Thursday, August 31, 2023, shortly after 10 p.m., an Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) trooper initiated a traffic stop on the driver of a silver Honda Accord sedan for a non-moving violation on northbound State Route 87 at milepost 197, near Fort McDowell.

The trooper observed -

A Fresno, California man has been convicted of first-degree murder in a case dating back more than 21 years.

On December 20, 2001, Richard Lucero was found dead in his El Mirage home with a ligature around his neck. The AZDPS Special Investigations Unit (SIU) was requested by the El Mirage Police -

On Tuesday, August 29, 2023, at approximately 4:20 p.m., an Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) trooper was driving his fully marked patrol vehicle northbound on State Route 101 in the area of Chaparral Road. The trooper observed a vehicle being operated without a license plate and initiated -

Arizona, California and Nevada form partnership ahead of holiday travel.

PHOENIX – In a collaborative effort to ensure the safety of all motorists over Labor Day weekend, the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS), California Highway Patrol (CHP) and Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) are joining forces for a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP).  The tri-state enforcement -

A traffic stop on State Route 87 in Payson resulted in the seizure of approximately 10.4 pounds of suspected fentanyl pills and the arrest of two suspects on multiple drug and weapons charges last week.

At 6:05 p.m. on Thursday, August 10, 2023, an Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) -

**Update - August 24, 2023**

Investigators believe the suspect vehicle may be a silver Chrysler Sebring or Chrysler 200 with black painted rims and/or hubcaps. (Chrysler converted the Sebring model to the 200 model in 2011.)

The suspect driver is described as an African American male of thin -

On Thursday, August 3, 2023, an Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) trooper initiated a traffic stop on the driver of a white Dodge Ram for a non-moving violation on westbound Interstate 10 at milepost 208, in Eloy. During the traffic stop, the trooper observed several indicators of criminal -

On Wednesday, July 19, 2023, following an investigation conducted by the Arizona Department of Pubilc Safety (AZDPS) Major Incident Division (MID), a jury found the suspect from an April 2022 trooper-involved shooting guilty on eleven charges, including attempted first-degree murder and aggravated -

Our air rescue crews are hard at work in this heatwave! On the afternoon of Sunday, July 23, 2023, the Arizona Department of Public Safety (AZDPS) Ranger 1 air rescue crew assisted with back-to-back heat-related rescues more than 100 miles apart.

At about 1:21 p.m., the Ranger 1 crew was -