Christopher Farrar was a K-9 unit officer with the Chandler Police Department who was killed on April 29, 2021, near the SanTan Motorplex in Gilbert, Arizona, by a “criminal felon” in a stolen car.
A second officer, who has not been identified, has been taken to the hospital. He’s a police officer with the Gilbert Police Department.
He was 50 years old.
Struck By Suspect Full Details
According to Chandler police, Officer Christopher Farrar was hit and killed by a driver driving a stolen vehicle near the SanTan Motorplex on Thursday night near the Loop 202 Santan Freeway and Val Vista Drive.
Farr had been a member of the Chandler police department’s K-9 team for 18 years. Chandler Police Department Chief Sean Duggan said, “This is a very difficult time for our department and really the entire Chandler community… Chris (Farrar) was struck and killed by a violent felon in a stolen vehicle following a multi-agency shooting and pursuit.”
A Pinal County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) deputy chased a car in the Eloy area shortly after 10 p.m., according to Gilbert police.
When the deputy pursued the truck, the perpetrator opened fire on the PCSO car.
The pursuit continued into Maricopa County, finally leading to Chandler, where the driver crashed into a gate and onto the runway at Chandler Regional Airport, halting air traffic.
The man jumped out of his car after leaving the airport and ran into a car dealership near Loop 202 and Val Vista, where he stole a vehicle, according to police. Officer Farrar and a Gilbert police officer were struck by the perpetrator while he was in the stolen car. Farrar died in a Chandler hospital later that day.
With a major head injury, the Gilbert cop, who has not been identified, is in critical condition. Around 6 a.m., a procession for Farr was held from Chandler Medical Center to the Maricopa County Medical Examiner.
Who Is The Suspect?
After three PCSO deputies and four DPS troopers shot at the suspect, he was finally apprehended. The victim, who has not been identified, was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
Three DPS troopers who were involved in the incident were treated at a local hospital for minor injuries. The PCSO deputy who was involved in the initial Eloy incident was not hurt.
A San Tan Ford employee was also involved in the incident and was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.
The Farrar family has received condolences from local law enforcement officials, which can be found below.
On its Twitter page, the Chandler Police Department wrote, “It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Chandler Police Officer Christopher Farrar. Officer Farrar was struck and killed by a suspect driving a stolen vehicle earlier this evening. He was a 18-year veteran of the Chandler Police Department,”
In a press conference, the police chief paid tribute to Chris Farrar. He said, “Last night we lost one of our officers, Chris Farrar,”
“Chris was struck and killed by a violent felon in a stolen vehicle following a multi-agency pursuit. Chris was 50 years old and he was a member of our department for 18 years and he was assigned to our K-9 unit.”
Duggan added: “Every time he came to work he made a difference. Through the course of his 18 years, he touched many lives…Be mindful of the brave men and women out there keeping our community safe.”
Our hearts go out to the family, friends & colleagues of Chandler police officer Christopher Farrar.