MPA Sends Condolences to the Gilbert Police Department after Officer Shot and Killed

The Gilbert Police Leadership Association (GPLA) is apart of the Arizona Police Association (APA) with us.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers…

The Mesa Police Association (MPA) represents the majority of the Mesa officers involved in a shooting that took place last night.  The Mesa officers engaged two suspects after they shot Gilbert officer, Lt. Eric Shuhandler.  Many police agencies became involved as the suspects fled on the US 60.  The suspects threw debris and fired bullets.  Fearing for their lives and others, officers shot the suspects in Superior, where the pursuit ended.


“Our thoughts go out to the all the officers and their families, who have suffered from a stressful and traumatic experience,” added Cota. “We particularly are sending our condolences to the family of Lt. Eric Shuhandler and our brothers and sisters in the Gilbert Police Department.”


MPA believes that after all the independent investigations are completed by the agencies involved and the county attorney’s office that the findings will conclude that the shooting was justified.  “Officers are required to employ deadly force to preserve their own lives and those of innocent bystanders,” said Fabian Cota, president of the MPA.  “Our officers acted magnificently.”


Any member of the public interested in assisting the family of Lt. Eric Shuhandler can do so at any Wells Fargo account and donate to the Officer Assistance Fund, or can go to  The Officer Assistance Fund was set up to financially assist any Arizona police officer (and their families) who has been hurt or killed in the line of duty.


Information about funeral:

VISITATION – Closed casket
Tuesday, February 2nd – 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm
Sinai Mortuary
4538 N. 16th Street
Phoenix, AZ  85016

Wednesday, February 3rd – 11:00 am
16601 N. Pima Road
Scottsdale, AZ  85260
After the service, there will be a funeral procession to the graveside service at:

Mount Sinai Cemetary
24210 N. 68th Street
Phoenix, AZ  85054

To honor the family’s wishes, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wells Fargo account in Lieutenant Eric Shuhandler’s name, or to the 100 Club of Arizona.