PHOENIX — A federal grand jury has indicted two suspects in the fatal
shooting of a tribal police officer on the outskirts of Phoenix.
Prosecutors said Elijah Loren Arthur and Joey Michael Thomas faced
first-degree murder charges in the shooting of 37-year-old Jair Cabrera of the
Salt River Police Department.
Cabrera was shot during a May 24 traffic stop at a convenience store on the
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.
Court documents stated that Arthur balanced a semi-automatic rifle on the roof
of his vehicle and fired two shots.
Cabrera was struck in the head before he got out of his
Thomas was accused of supplying the rifle used in the shooting, driving the car
stopped by Cabrera and baiting the officer into the traffic stop.