PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone says the deputy assaulted by a suspect Saturday morning has died from his injuries. Deputy Juan "Johnny" Ruiz was being kept on life support so that his organs could be donated at the request of his family, Penzone said.
Penzone says Ruiz, who had been with MCSO for three years, never regained consciousness after 30-year-old Clinton Robert Hurley beat him. Penzone said the deputy's family decided to donate Ruiz's organs and that Ruiz went through testing Monday morning to determine viability.
"Over the next few days, he will be making a sacrifice so that others may benefit," Penzone said Monday morning. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Memorial Fund has included a page for anyone who wants to donate to Ruiz's family or learn how to help.
Attack on Ruiz
Penzone went on to provide more details about what led up to the fight between Ruiz and Hurley at a substation in Avondale. Saturday morning Ruiz took Hurley into the holding area and removed his handcuffs to put him into a jail cell. Penzone said Hurley turned on Ruiz and began fighting him. Penzone said Ruiz tried to call for help on his radio several times during the fight, but Hurley beat him unconscious.
Hurley took the keys to Ruiz's vehicle, crashed through the gate and took off from the area. Penzone said citizens saw someone who was not a deputy driving the MCSO vehicle and called authorities. Deputies responded to the holding cell and found Ruiz unconscious. Deputies rushed Ruiz toward a hospital; paramedics met them halfway.
Search for the suspect
Multiple agencies began searching for Hurley, who was later found at a home in Tonopah. Penzone said Hurley had a history with the homeowners. Hurley was wounded in an exchange of gunfire. A responding MCSO deputy rendering aid to Hurley recognized his tattoos and identified him as the suspect who assaulted Ruiz. Hurley was taken to the hospital with serious injuries but is in stable condition.
Penzone said detectives are still looking for another vehicle investigators say Hurley stole on Saturday. It's is a 2016 Gray KIA Optima with a California license plate: 7TLD075. If you see this vehicle or know where it is, please call MCSO at 602-876-1011 and refer to report #IR21-029346.
Paying their Respects
A procession was held on Monday evening as his body was taken from Abrazo West Campus in Goodyear to the Medical Examiner's Office in Phoenix. Dozens of law enforcement members came together to pay their respects. Deputies also shared their condolences with the family.
In Avondale, a vigil was held at the MCSO substation in Avondale to remember Deputy Ruiz. It was cut short after a shooting nearby. Vigil attendees had signs to remember him and they lit candles to show how much they cared for the Ruiz family.