Jair Cabrera update: Fallen Salt River police officer remembered

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - A memorial continues to grow at the site where a tribal police officer was shot and killed early Saturday.

It happened at a gas station on Pima and Chaparral roads in Scottsdale.

Thirty-seven-year-old Officer Jair Cabrera lost his life when he made a traffic stop.

The FBI took three suspects into custody.

ABC15 spoke with a fellow officer and friend who responded to the scene that night.

It's a call Acting Sgt. José Quintero will never forget.

"You can hear the panic in an officer's voice when something like this happens," he said.

"It was hard going to the hospital sitting in a room full of officers hurting and crying. We were all hugging each other," Quintero said.

Friends, co-workers, family and even complete strangers are paying their respects the only way they know how. They left flowers, candles and handwritten notes at the memorial site.

Officer Cabrera's family told us they hope his death won't be in vain. Quintero says Cabrera was working overtime on that shift to help support his family.

"He was the backbone to his family, he was there for his family. They depended on him a lot," he said.

Quintero had these words left for his fallen friend--

"Just rest in peace bro, see you soon. Our department, everybody, we're here for you, your family. And we love you."

The names of the suspects have not been released yet. We're told the suspect who allegedly shot Cabrera will face federal charges.

An account has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank under the name "Jair Cabrera Memorial Fund" if you'd like to make a donation.

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