I cannot even begin to describe to you the grief I feel about the lastest officer shooting here in Tucson. Officer Erik Hite was shot in the head on Sunday June 1, 2008 and died the following afternoon surrounded by his family. This is the fourth officer killed in the last five years in Tucson and each time it is more and more devastating. If I have an opportunity to attend Officer Hite's funeral (or at least watch it on TV), I intend to. Anyone who knows me knows how deeply I care about the police department and all they do for us. What a tragedy for the Hite family.
Officer Patrick Hardesty was killed on May 26, 2003
Deputy Timothy Graham was killed on August 10, 2005
Miko, a K-9 officer, was killed on May 27, 2006
Officer Erik Hite passed away on June 2, 2008