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Cop Dies in Hit-and-Run During a DUI Stop in Phoenix

Image: Cop Dies in Hit-and-Run During a DUI Stop in Phoenix Undated photo provided by the Phoenix Police Department shows Officer Daryl Raetz.

By Newsmax Wires   |   Monday, 20 May 2013 10:35 AM

A hit-and-run driver killed a police officer who was conducting a DUI stop on a vehicle in Phoenix.

Authorities said late Sunday afternoon that police in Surprise located the SUV that struck 29-year-old Officer Daryl Raetz around 3:30 a.m., The Associated Press reported. Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said investigators are working to identify the driver.

The hit-and-run collision happened as Raetz was standing in the roadway and was wrapping up the DUI stop.

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Raetz later died at a hospital.

Raetz was an Iraq war veteran and worked as a Phoenix police officer for six years. He is survived by a wife and young daughter.

Phoenix officials also are mourning a 23-year-old firefighter who was critically injured Saturday while fighting a mulch fire and died Sunday morning.

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