PHOENIX — An Oct. 2 trial date has been set for two men charged in the
fatal shooting of a tribal police officer during a traffic stop on the outskirts
of metro Phoenix.
Elijah Loren Arthur and Joey Michael Thomas have pleaded not guilty to murder
and weapons charges in the May 24 death of Jair Cabrera of the Salt River Police
Cabrera was shot at a convenience store where the stop was made.
Authorities said Arthur shot the officer before Cabrera got out of his car.
Thomas is accused of supplying the rifle, driving the car stopped by Cabrera
and baiting the officer into the stop.
Investigators said Arthur acknowledged shooting at the store’s gas pumps but
said he didn’t intend to shoot Cabrera.