Buckeye Cop Fatally Shot During Traffic Stop. Other Officer Wounded but Expected to Survive

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Officers Christopher Paz (left) and Rolando Tirado. Tirado was senselessly killed by thugs during a traffic stop early yesterday morning.
Two Buckeye police officers were shot early yesterday morning after stopping a truck that was being driven erratically in a west Phoenix parking lot. One of the officers was taken to a Valley hospital in critical condition and is expected to survive. The other officer wasn't as fortunate -- he died at the scene.

The two officers, Rolando Tirado and Christopher Paz, were doing off-duty security work for a dance at the El Gran Mercado at 1800 South 35th Avenue when they spotted a Chevy Tahoe driving erratically in the parking lot.

Once the Tahoe was pulled over, Tirado approached the driver's side. As he was doing so, 23-year-old Cesar Tomas Quiroz Leon -- who Phoenix police tell New Times has an "extensive" criminal past in California -- got out of the passenger seat, walked around the back of the SUV and fatally shot Tirado without warning.

After shooting Tirado, Leon and Paz engaged in what Phoenix police describe as a "life or death gun battle," during which Leon was fatally shot.

Paz suffered several gunshot wounds to the neck, shoulder, and lower body during the shootout, but was taken to the hospital where he underwent multiple surgeries. He's expected to survive, authorities now say.

During the shootout, the driver of the vehicle -- identified only as a 23-year-old Hispanic male --  was also hit with gunfire. He was taken to a hospital where he remains in critical condition.

Authorities are looking for a third suspect who was in the SUV at the time of the shooting, but managed to flee on foot. He's described as a 20-25-year-old, clean-shaven Hispanic male, about 5-foot-6 and 160-170 pounds. He was wearing dark clothes and a brown shirt at the time of the shooting, police say.

Phoenix Sergeant Tommy Thompson tells New Times that investigators are in the process of determining what would cause Leon to open fire on officers.

Anyone with information about the third suspect is asked to call the Phoenix Police Department's Violent Crimes Bureau at (602) 262-6141 or Silent Witness at (480) WITNESS, (480) TESTIGO for Spanish.
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Arx Arx
Arx Arx

Another murdering thug crosses the border and wreaks chaos and suffering. Lived in mexhellhole until 2009, according to his obituary. What a waste of life. We need a militarized zone 5 miles deep with barbed wire, land mines, and manned machine guns.

just me
just me

How many cops is that now that have been killed by men with extensive criminal records in Arizona alone?

My prayers and thoughts go out to these officers and their families and to all LEO.

Johnny Young Gunz
Johnny Young Gunz

Damn. Those pesky little buggers(gang bangers) are sure a nuisance to society. I wonder if those cops were wearing a bullet proof vest? That could have saved other one's life. My only question was, why wasn't Officer Paz behind the passenger side to keep alert?

Teresaparra13
Teresaparra13

just because he had a criminal record doesnt make him no thug or killer..he was a human being like the cop that died.he lived in california  all his life.he has the same right to an obituary like everyone else.if you didnt know him, dont judge him for wat you read or watch on t.v. 

Az
Az

A murderer should not have an obiturary at all. Check your spelling Donttrashwhatyoudontknow

just me again
just me again

interesting that you would post that here. this man was a human being and i am sure in some people's eyes you might think he deserves some respect. in my eyes and the eyes of many others this man is a killer. if you think that deserves respect well then you go and do what you have to do.......as will i and many others who will mourn the loss of a man who was protecting people like yourself and another who is suffering because of the actions of this killer. RIP Officer Tirado and here's to a speedy recovery Officer Paz. Prayers to both of your families.

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Sad day. My heart goes out to the officers and their families.

bb
bb

how do you not judge someone who executed a cop who is doing his job and protecting our citizens?

Asldfja
Asldfja

I would love to know what you think really happen

Flakalovestemper13
Flakalovestemper13

to all of you dat are talkinq shyt bout my brother u quys need to shut ur mouths up cuz you guys dont even kno wat really happend.........

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