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Officer Jair Cabrera killed in the line of duty; details on the shooting emerge

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - We're learning new information about the suspects accused of shooting and killing a Salt River Police officer during a traffic stop over the weekend.

The suspect in the case, Elijah Loren Arthur, now faces first-degree murder charges. Arthur made his first appearance in court where we're learning exactly what happened during that traffic stop early Saturday morning.

"This hits home. I love all of my officers, and I love all my professional staff in the police department," said Chief Patrick Melvin.

Flags flew over the Salt River Police Department at half-staff Tuesday in remembrance of one of their own, 37 year old Jair Cabrera, who was killed in the line of duty.

According to court documents, Cabrera was attempting to stop Arthur's vehicle when Arthur pulled into the Chevron station at Pima and Chaparral. The documents go on to say Arthur got out of his car rifle in hand and fired two shots.

One bullet hit the side mirror of Cabrera's patrol car. The other went through the windshield striking Cabrera in the head.

According to an investigative report Arthur admitted he was drunk at the time of the shooting.     

Chief of Police Patrick Melvin said that this has been a difficult loss and Officer Cabrera's exuberant personality will be missed by all.

"He was a hilarious individual, loved his job and made light of difficult situations in order to get through the shift. He was one that would also make light of difficult situations so that other officers could get through their shifts if they were going through something," said Chief Melvin.

A candlelight vigil will be held Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. At the Chevron station where officer Cabrera lost his life.
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