Phoenix police officer killed in hit-and-run; police looking for suspect, $5,000 reward

PHOENIX - Police say they have found the vehicle involved in a hit-and-run accident that killed a Phoenix police officer Sunday morning.

Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said investigators are working to identify the driver of that vehicle. He said the vehicle is a green Expedition and was located by Surprise police.

Sgt. Steve Martos said 29-year-old Daryl Raetz, a six-year veteran in the department and an Iraq war veteran, died after being struck by a vehicle near 51st Avenue and Cambridge Sunday morning. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene.

Raetz and his partner were processing the scene of a DUI stop around 3:30 a.m. when Raetz was struck by another vehicle traveling northbound on 51st Avenue, said Sgt. Tommy Thompson.

Raetz was assigned to the 81K squad at the Maryvale Precinct, Thompson said. He leaves behind a wife and young child.

Silent Witness is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the driver.

Martos tweeted, "One of PhxFire's [b]ravest and one of PhxPD's [f]inest have fallen this morning."

Anyone with information is strongly encouraged to call the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6151. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or 480-TESTIGO.



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