Man convicted in killing of AZ tribal officer

Posted at 9:43 AM, Sep 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-17 12:43:42-04

A jury has convicted a man in the fatal shooting of a tribal police officer 17 months ago during a traffic stop on the outskirts of Phoenix.

Elijah Loren Arthur was found guilty Wednesday afternoon of first-degree murder in the May 2014 killing of Salt River police Officer Jair Cabrera during a late-night traffic stop at a gas station.

The verdict marks the second conviction in Cabrera's death.

Prosecutors say Arthur and another member of the East Side Bloods gang who was a passenger in the car when it was pulled over had a conversation earlier that night about a gang associate who was killed during an encounter with a tribal officer.

They also say Arthur made a profane comment about officers during that conversation.