Phoenix police officer's boxing death probed

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SCOTTSDALE -- The boxing-related death of a young Phoenix police officer is under investigation by the Arizona Attorney General's Office.

The Attorney General's Office says the fact-finding investigation is non-criminal.

Phoenix police say they asked the Attorney General's Office to look into the death because it has jurisdiction throughout the state.

Meanwhile, the Maricopa Medical Examiner's Office determined 22-year-old Barry Scott was killed by a strong blow to the head. Scott joined the police department in 2007 after an 18-month tour of duty in Iraq with the Army National Guard.

He died Sept. 16, four days after he fought in a boxing match with a Chandler firefighter. The charity match was held to raise money to support families of officers or firefighters killed or seriously injured in the line of duty.

Visitation for Scott will be Friday at Shadow Mountain Mortuary. A memorial service is set for Saturday morning at North Phoenix Baptist Church.

Information from: East Valley Tribune/Scottsdale Tribune

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Phx. Police remember officer killed in charity boxing match

PHOENIX - Several Phoenix Police officers took time to remember officer Barry Scott, who died after a charity event.

The officers had experience with Scott as a police officer and friend, and spoke highly of his accomplishments as an officer despite his brief time in law enforcement.

Police have not released many details concerning Scott's death or the direct cause of death.

PREVIOUS REPORT:

Phoenix Police tell 3TV that an officer who was injured in a charity boxing event between police officers and firefighters has died from his injuries.

22 year-old Barry Scott was on life-support after collapsing shortly after his boxing match with a Chandler firefighter.

Scott passed away surrounded by his family and friends.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

A young police officer, war veteran and father is clinging to life after a charity boxing match.

Twenty-two-year-old Phoenix police officer Barry Scott was participating in the "Guns 'n' Hoses" fundraising boxing match on Friday night when he collapsed after his match with a Chandler firefighter and was rushed to the hospital.

The fundraiser collects money for families who lost loved ones in the line of duty.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Andy Hill says, "In this kind of endeavor where people are doing this because they're trying to raise money, for a charitable organization that helps those that are hurt or killed in the line of duty for this ironic twist of fate to happen tragedy we're very concerned for both parties."

Scott is on life support. He served 18-months in Iraq before joining the Phoenix Police Department just over a year ago. He has a wife and baby.