Suspect arrested in fatal hit-and-run of retired ASU police officer

Dec 16, 2021, 6:45 AM
Retired Arizona State University Police Sgt. Albert Phillips (ASU Police Photo), left; Jeron Meeks ...
Retired Arizona State University Police Sgt. Albert Phillips (ASU Police Photo), left; Jeron Meeks (MCSO Photo)
(MCSO Photo)

PHOENIX – Police in Tempe have arrested a man suspected of being involved in a hit-and-run that left a retired university police officer dead.

Jeron Meeks, 35, was booked Tuesday on charges including manslaughter and hit-and-run fatality, the Tempe Police Department said in a press release.

Meeks is accused of hitting Albert Phillips, a former Arizona State University police sergeant, around 7:40 p.m. on Dec. 10.

According to court documents, Meeks was driving a van near Forest and Mill avenues when the vehicle allegedly crossed into a bike lane, smacked a curb and drove up onto the sidewalk and hit Phillips, who was on foot.

Witnesses told police that Meeks drove the van back onto the road with a shattered windshield and flat back tire, but soon abandoned the vehicle. He was later arrested at a hotel.

Police said Phillips was rushed to a hospital, but later died from his injuries.

Phillips worked 27 years with the campus police department, according to ASU officials.

Campus police have set up a fund online to help the family with financial responsibilities.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Yelp Photo)...

Celebrate National Barbecue Day with these metro Phoenix restaurants

It's the perfect day for barbecue lovers in metro Phoenix to indulge guilt-free. Here's where to eat for National Barbecue Day.
14 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Kris Mayes for Arizona)...
Kevin Stone

Democratic Arizona AG candidate says she wouldn’t prosecute abortion cases

Kris Mayes, Arizona’s lone Democratic candidate for attorney general, said she wouldn’t prosecute abortion cases if Roe vs. Wade gets overturned.
14 hours ago
(Best Buy Photo)...

Best Buy to convert store near Paradise Valley Mall into outlet

Big-box electronics retailer Best Buy announced plans to open an outlet store in Phoenix later this year.
14 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Lake Pleasant Regional Park)...

MCSO divers recover body of 18-year-old from Lake Pleasant

Authorities have recovered the body of swimmer who went under at Lake Pleasant near Peoria on Sunday.
14 hours ago
Dorothy Walls (Photo via Phoenix Police Department)...

Silver Alert issued for Phoenix woman with medical condition

A Silver Alert was issued early Monday for a Phoenix woman with cognitive problems, authorities said.
14 hours ago
(Dignity Health Photo)...

Gilbert couple welcomes quadruplets at Phoenix hospital following complex delivery

The Crandell family in Gilbert has grown by four after recently welcoming quadruplets at a Valley hospital and the babies are finally at home after spending 10 weeks in a nursery intensive care unit following a complex delivery.
14 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Canvas Annuity

The secret to guaranteed retirement income

Annuities aren’t really a secret, but they are so misunderstood that they might as well be. Once you understand what an annuity is and how it can benefit you, you could decide this “secret” is the perfect supplement to your retirement plan.
Dr. Richard Carmona

Have you gotten your booster shot?

Do you remember when you got your last COVID-19 vaccination? If it has been more than five months since you completed your primary vaccination series, it’s time for you to get your booster. You may be eligible even sooner depending which vaccine you received. If you are over the age of 50 and received your […]
Arizona Department of Gaming

While March brings upsets and buzzer-beaters, it also needs to bring caution

In March, basketball fans around the country glue themselves in front of a television for almost 11 hours for four consecutive days.
Suspect arrested in fatal hit-and-run of retired ASU police officer