Police: 3 officers fired at alleged cop killer

Police: 3 officers fired at alleged cop killer

Officers John Rebholz, Michelle Burks and John Davidge

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by Catherine Holland

azfamily.com

Posted on October 31, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 2 at 11:00 AM

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Three Glendale police officers are on paid administrative leave in the wake of a shooting that left one of their own dead and put a suspect in the hospital.

Officer Bradley Jones, 26, was shot outside an apartment complex near 75th and Glendale avenues Friday night. The husband and father of two died at St. Joseph's Hospital later that night.

Because the investigation is ongoing, the Glendale Police Department is not releasing much in the way of details.

According to Glendale police Sgt. Brent Coombs, three other officers fired their weapons in the course of that incident. John Rebholz, an eight-year veteran of the force, Michelle Burks, a four-year veteran, and John Davidge, a three-year-veteran, are on administrative leave, which is standard procedure anytime an officer fires his or her duty weapon.

The suspect in the case, Ryan Heisler, was meeting with his probation officer and Jones when they got into some kind of physical struggle. Jones was shot in the course of that altercation. Heisler fled the scene in Jones' police cruiser.

Glendale officers, including Rebholz, Burks and Davidge went after him. Heisler wrecked the cruiser and then tried to run. After a brief chase he reportedly pointed his weapon at the pursuing officers.

Rebholz, Burks and Davidge all fired at Heisler. He remains in critical condition at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital.

Investigators have not released any information about Heisler other than that he was on probation for theft, nor are they discussing specific details about the deadly shooting, including what might have sparked the initial altercation.

A memorial fund has been established for Jones' family. The account number for the Bradley Jones Memorial Fund at Arizona Federal Credit Union is 822633. You also may contribute to the 100 Club of Arizona, which supports the families of officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.

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