PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- A Phoenix police officer was killed in a crash Thursday morning near 75th Avenue and Indian School Road.
According to Phoenix police, officer Paul Rutherford, 51, stopped and got out of his police vehicle to assist two people who were involved in a car crash.
While investigating that collision, Officer Rutherford then responded on foot to a priority radio call across the street. As the officer was crossing Indian School Road, he was struck by an eastbound 2015 Ford Expedition.
The driver of that Expedition stayed at the scene and cooperated with investigators. She has been identified as a 40-year-old woman.
Police say that the woman was not impaired. She has not been charged in the incident.
Sgt. Tommy Thompson said Rutherford was taken to a local hospital in extremely critical condition where he was pronounced dead.
On Thursday afternoon Phoenix police escorted Rutherford's body to the Maricopa County medical examiner. Video from the news helicopter showed an American flag flying over the street where the medical examiner is located. Officers and firefighters surrounded the street. Watch video of the transport here.
Thompson said Rutherford served almost 23 years with the Phoenix Police Department. He leaves behind a wife and two adult children.
Chief Jerri Williams thanked the community for their support in a press conference in front of Banner - University Medical Center in Phoenix. Watch video of the entire press conference here.
This is the 39th line of duty death in the history of Phoenix police.
Our hearts are with the @phoenixpolice and the colleagues, family and friends of Officer Paul Rutherford who lost his life this morning. #EOW #fallenofficer #phoenixpolicedepartment pic.twitter.com/XO8c7VJVMF— 100 Club of Arizona (@100ClubAZ) March 21, 2019
Our sincerest condolences to the family and @phoenixpolice for the tragic loss of Officer Paul Rutherford. You are a hero and will not be forgotten. We are here for you, PPD 💙💙💙 pic.twitter.com/d4A1XC7EtZ— Dept. Public Safety (@Arizona_DPS) March 21, 2019
@Arizona_DPS the entire DPS Family is sadden by the death of @phoenixpolice Phoenix Police Officer Paul Rutherford. Our thoughts and prayers our with the family, Chief Williams @PhxPDChief and her esteemed Department.— Col. Frank Milstead (@frank_milstead) March 21, 2019
😥 Our thoughts go out to our brothers and sisters at @phoenixpolice and the entire #Phoenix Community after the tragic death of Officer Paul Rutherford. #PeoriaPDAZ #gonetoosoon #neverforget #peoriaaz #peoriapoliceaz pic.twitter.com/NhoFWSPIqs— Peoria Police (AZ) (@PeoriaPoliceAZ) March 21, 2019
Our hearts go out to our brothers and sisters @phoenixpolice this morning. To the family of the fallen officer we pray for comfort and strength now and in the coming days. Such a tragic loss, words cannot express. We are here for you. 🖤💙🖤 pic.twitter.com/5HNm1ee0lJ— Glendale Police (@GlendaleAZPD) March 21, 2019
Phoenix Police Officer Paul Rutherford. EOW, March 21, 2019.Godspeed. pic.twitter.com/qlIcBe4lnh— Chandler Police (@ChandlerPolice) March 21, 2019
Our hearts are heavy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Phoenix Police Department and the officer's family. We're here if you need us. @phoenixpolice #brothersandsistersinblue pic.twitter.com/PlHWePVvpz— Mesa Police Dept. (@MesaPD) March 21, 2019
We are deeply saddened to hear of the tragic line of duty death of Phoenix Police Officer Paul Rutherford. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Officer Rutherford's family, friends and PD family. #NeverForget #thinblueline pic.twitter.com/sSifCBHxKl— Goodyear Police Dept (@Goodyearpolice) March 21, 2019