Family, friends and fellow officers say final goodbye to fallen Phoenix police detective


by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Erika Flores

Posted on March 10, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 12 at 9:56 AM

PEORIA, Ariz. – Family, friends and fellow officers said goodbye to Phoenix police Detective John Hobbs, who was fatally shot March 3.

Funeral services were held at a Peoria church Monday morning. Gov. Jan Brewer, Mayor Greg Stanton and hundreds of police officers were among those who attended.

During the service, Terry Blogg remembered his longtime friend with stories of their childhood.

Detective Mike Miller said Hobbs was "more than a friend to me, he was a brother."

Sgt. Bob Knapp spoke of Hobbs' character and said he "personified everything it means to be a guardian, a protector and epitomized all that it means to be a police officer."

Groups of people lined sections of streets and freeway overpasses for the 10-mile procession to a graveside service in Phoenix.

Hobbs was fatally wounded in a shootout with Wlliam Thornton, who was wanted on a probation violation warrant after having been released from prison in January. Police said Hobbs was able to fire back while lying on the pavement.

Thornton was declared dead at the scene.

Hobbs leaves behind a wife and three young children.

His partner, Detective Albert J. Casados, was also shot but is expected to make a full recovery.