MCSO hosting barbecue fundraiser for family of fallen Deputy Juan Ruiz

Oct 15, 2021, 4:45 AM | Updated: 10:34 am
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Deputy Juan Ruiz (MCSO Photo)...
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Deputy Juan Ruiz (MCSO Photo)
(MCSO Photo)

PHOENIX — The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is holding a barbecue fundraiser Friday for the family of fallen Deputy Juan Ruiz.

The fundraiser takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office headquarters at 550 Jackson St., Phoenix, according to a press release.

Monetary donations will be accepted for the Ruiz family.

People can make donations with cash, check or a credit card.

“The dollars don’t replace his life but they go a long way in showing the love, care, support and willingness to sacrifice for the family during this difficult time,” Sheriff Paul Penzone told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show on Friday.

Ruiz died Monday after an uncuffed suspect allegedly beat him unconscious at a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office substation on Saturday.

He had taken the suspect, Clinton Robert Hurley, 31, to a cell and removed the handcuffs. Ruiz was found bleeding and knocked out in the cell with Hurley using Ruiz’s patrol unit to escape.

Hurley, captured after a homeowner shot him during a break-in, was booked into the Pinal County jail in Florence on Wednesday after being released from the hospital.

Charges against Hurley for Ruiz’s death are pending.

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MCSO hosting barbecue fundraiser for family of fallen Deputy Juan Ruiz