Arrest made in DPS officer's death

Posted: Updated:
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

YUMA, Ariz. -- The Arizona Department of Public Safety said an arrest has been made in connection with the death of DPS officer Tim Huffman.

DPS said Jorge Espinoza, 33, was arrested Friday afternoon in Yuma. He was booked into the Yuma County Jail on one count of manslaughter, 14 counts of endangerment and 7 counts of criminal damage in connection with the May 6 death of Huffman.

No other details about the arrest have been released.

On Monday, Huffman and two other DPS officers investigated a crash on the eastbound lanes of Interstate 8, about 40 miles east of Yuma.

As they were conducting their investigation, an empty tanker truck that was allegedly being driven by Espinoza ignored the lane closure that had been set up and crashed into Huffman’s car.

Huffman, who was inside the vehicle at the time, was killed by the impact.

Espinoza was not injured in the crash.

Huffman served as a DPS officer for 14 years. He was the first DPS officer to die in the line of duty since 2009.