Colleagues remember fallen Phoenix Commander Greg Carnicle
PHOENIX – Arizona law figures are remembering a fallen officer who was killed in the line of duty on Sunday night.
Phoenix Police Commander Greg Carnicle was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call near 40th Avenue and Pinnacle Peak Road.
Carnicle was a 31-year veteran on the force and was just months away from retirement. He’s survived by a wife and four adult children.
Officers Marissa Dowhan and Alicia Hubert were seriously injured but are expected to recover.
Arizona law figures from around the state joined KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News and The Mike Broomhead Show to share how they are remembering the fallen officer:
Phoenix Police Sgt. Mercedes Fortune
“He loved being a Phoenix police officer. He decided to take on this last assignment which was basically responsible for all patrol operations, working nights and weekends. Who would imagine that at 31 years, this is the shift you would choose. It just speaks to his character. He loved police work and working out here with officers and keeping the community safe.”
Britt London, President of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association
“Commander Carnicle was my boss two different times, a guy that mentored me when I first came on to the department. He was just a really good guy and a good leader also.”
“He was a family man, a consummate family man. He was also a guy that didn’t take a lot of guff off of anybody. Once he made up his mind, he went ahead with whatever he did and that’s what I respected of him. He always stuck to his guns with his decisions and he really took care of his troops.”
Former Director of Arizona DPS, Frank Milstead
“I’ve known him basically my whole career. We worked traffic bureau together, rode motors. We worked tactical support bureau. We worked out on the west side in Maryvale together. He was just always one of those guys that was always there. He was always a street cop, a supervisor for true police operations. I’m not even sure he had a true admin assignment in his career. He was always out fighting crime.”
Milstead said as a duty commander like Carnicle, the job is to serve like the Chief of Police in the off-hours of the department.
“That doesn’t mean he has to be out on the street going out to calls with officers, but that’s the kind of guys he was. He went out, he was part of the team. He was a shoulder-to-shoulder work kind of guy.”
Milstead noted that Carnicle is the first commander to be killed in the line of duty in the department.