Memorial

In Memory of Our Fallen Officers


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Deputy Jason Patrick Lopez

Pinal County Sheriff’s Office
End of Watch: Friday, May 4, 2001
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Deputy Jason Lopez was shot and killed near Casa Grande, Arizona, when he attempted to serve a warrant.

During the encounter, the suspect began resisting, pulled out a semi-automatic handgun, and shot Deputy Lopez once in the throat and fled. Deputy Lopez was able to crawl back to his patrol car and attempted to radio for help. Responding officers became involved in a running gunfight with the suspect, who was wounded once before taking a hostage in a nearby residence. The hostage was able to escape after several hours and the suspect surrendered nine hours later.

The suspect was found guilty of first degree murder on October 8, 2003. The jury was not able to decide on the death penalty and a second jury had to be convened to decide the sentencing. That jury also was not able to decide on whether to sentence the suspect to death or 25 years to life in prison.

Deputy Lopez had been employed with the Pinal County Sheriff’s Department for 6 years, and had been a deputy for 18 months. He is survived by his wife, 3-year-old son, and one-month-old child. Both of his parents are also employees of the sheriff’s department.

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Casa Grande Police Department
End of Watch: Thursday, October 25, 2007
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Sergeant Tate Lynch succumbed to injuries sustained when he fell from a wall while conducting training exercises with the Pinal County SWAT team.

Sergeant Lynch was a member of the inter-agency Pinal County SWAT team. The team was training at the Pinal County Detention Center, in Florence, where Sergeant Lynch was rappelling down a wall. During his decent, Sergeant Lynch fell and sustained serious head injuries. He was flown to Scottsdale Healthcare Trauma Center where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.

Sergeant Lynch had served with the Casa Grande Police Department for seven years and with the Holbrook Police department for two years. He is survived by his wife, three children, parents, sister, and two brothers.

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