Gov. Doug Ducey orders flags at half-staff to honor fallen Phoenix officer

Mar 30, 2020, 7:22 AM | Updated: 11:57 am
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PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey ordered flags at half-staff Monday to honor the Phoenix police officer killed in the line of duty Sunday night.

The order comes after Commander Greg Carnicle was killed and two other officers were injured in a shooting near 40th Avenue and Pinnacle Peak Road.

“Arizona is deeply saddened by the loss of Phoenix Police Commander Greg Carnicle,” Ducey said in a press release. “Commander Carnicle and his fellow officers displayed bravery and courage in the face of danger. They put their lives on the line to carry out their duty — with Commander Carnicle paying the ultimate sacrifice.

“His passing, just months before his retirement, is yet another tragic reminder of the dangers our officers face everyday to keep us safe. Our prayers are with Commander Carnicle’s family and loved ones and the Phoenix Police Department. In honor of his service, I’m ordering all flags to half-staff until sunset today.”

Carnicle was responding to a domestic violence dispute with officers Marissa Dowhan and Alicia Hubert when a suspect, 22-year-old Jacob Emry Mcilveen, opened fire, striking all three.

Dowhan and Hubert were taken to a nearby hospital. They are expected to survive their injuries.

The suspect started firing at officers around 5 p.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene around 11:20 p.m.

Carnicle was a 31-year law enforcement veteran and spent time in special assignments and K9 units, and worked evening and weekend patrol operations, Ducey said in the release.

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