Sergio Aguirre-Sanchez

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Service Record

Phoenix Arizona Police Department

Rank Officer
Dates of Service Hired approximately 2018.[1]
Salary $79,664 (2023)[2]
Last Known Status Administrative Leave[1]

Incident Reports

2021 Death of Antonio Carbajal

On January 12, 2021, officers located a vehicle that was wanted from two earlier occasions. Carbajal, the driver fled from the vehicle on foot. Three officers chased Carbajal. One officer reached Carbajal, who drew a handgun. The other two officers, Aguirre-Sanchez and Officer Alexander Lokker, fired, striking Carbajal.[3]

Officers rendered aid. Carbajal died at the scene.[3]

2024 Death of Christopher Tavares

Critical Incident Briefing

On May 7, 2024, a store employee flagged down Aguirre-Sanchez to report a shoplifting and identified two suspects who were nearby. Aguirre-Sanchez drove toward the suspects, who fled on foot. As Aguirre-Sanchez approached in his vehicle, Tavares drew a handgun and fired, striking the vehicle. Aguirre-Sanchez drove away, notified dispatch, and circled back to the men. Tavaras fired at the vehicle and Aguirre-Sanchez fired at Tavares from the vehicle, striking him. Aguirre-Sanchez fired a total of 29 rounds at Tavares.[1][4]

Officers rendered medical aid. Tavares died at the hospital.[1]

Parts of the the incident were captured on surveillance cameras and Aguirre-Sanchez's body-worn camera.

Response Timeline

Aguirre-Sanchez was placed on administrative leave.[1]

Criminal and administrative investigations were opened.[1]

LEO Ratings


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 TJ L'Heureux, Phoenix cop fires 29 times, kills man in rolling shootout, Phoenix New Times, 2024-05-28
  2. Sergio Aguirre-Sanchez, Phoenix Police Department, govSalaries
  3. 3.0 3.1 Media Advisory, Phoenix Police Department
  4. Media Advisory, Phoenix Police Department, 2024-05-09

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