Phoenix Cop Daryl Raetz Killed by Hit-and-Run SUV-Driving Scum (w/Update)
OFFICER INVOLVED FATAL HIT AND RUN COLLISION
Date and Time: 05-19-13, approximately 0336 hours
Location: 51st Avenue and Cambridge
Report Number: 2013-00883229
Officer Involved: Daryl Raetz #8899
Six years with the Phoenix Police Department
Driver of Vehicle: Unknown
Vehicle: Large SUV
Possibly a dark gray or green, Ford Expedition or Lincoln Navigator with primer on the rear area, tinted rear window,
Oversized chrome wheels, fog lights
Shortly after 3:30 a.m. on May 19, 2013, Officer Daryl Raetz, #8899 and his partner were finishing the processing of the scene from a DUI stop in the area of 51st Avenue and Cambridge. At that time, Officer Raetz was struck by another vehicle, which was traveling northbound on 51st Avenue. Officer Raetz was transported to a local hospital, where he died of his injuries.
Officer Raetz was 29-years-old and had been with the department for approximately six years. He was assigned to the 81K squad in the Maryvale Precinct. He was also a military veteran. Officer Raetz leaves behind a wife and young child.
Detectives are still searching for the suspect and suspect vehicle, which fled the scene. The vehicle is described as a dark colored large SUV. It is possibly a dark gray or green 2004 to 2007 Ford Expedition or Lincoln Navigator. Their may be some primer to the rear area of the vehicle. The rear window is believed to be tinted. In addition, the vehicle has oversized chrome rims and fog lights.
Anyone who may have information concerning who or where the suspect is, or where the vehicle may be is asked to contact the Phoenix Police Department at 602- 262-6151 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS, 480-TESTIGO for Spanish.
This was a tragic day for the Public Safety Team, which serves the city of Phoenix. In less than 12 hours, Phoenix Firefighter Bradley Harper, a 23-year-old husband and two year member of the Phoenix Fire Department and Officer Raetz both died in the line of duty. Firefighter Harper died as the result of a tragic accident at the scene of a fire. Both men lost their lives doing what they loved, serving our community. The entire community mourns their loss with the Public Safety Family.