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    Prosecutors Pursue Death Penalty Against Christopher Redondo in 2010 AZ Slaying of LEO



    An indictment has been handed up against two suspects in the shooting death of a Gilbert police lieutenant, authorities announced Saturday.

    Christopher Angel Redondo, 35, of Globe, is accused of fatally shooting Lt. Eric Shuhandler, 42, in the head during a traffic stop Jan. 28. Redondo is now charged with first-degree murder, four counts of drive-by shooting and 19 counts of aggravated assault.

    Daimen Irizarry, 30, of Gilbert, was driving their vehicle, and is charged with first-degree murder, four counts of drive-by shooting, and 19 counts of aggravated assault.

    "We consider an attack on a police officer as an attack on the community and these charges reflect that," Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas said in a news release.

    Police said that after Shuhandler was shot in the head, Redondo and Irizarry led officers on a wild 50-mile chase from Mesa to the mining community of Superior, where they were wounded in a gun battle with officers.

    Court documents state that after Redondo was released in June 2008 from a four-year term in an Arizona prison for aggravated assault and related charges, he became more and more angry and distrustful of police, and showed violent tendencies, particularly to animals.

    Shuhandler is survived by his ex-wife, daughters, ages 10 and 12, his parents and a sister.

    http://www.examiner.com/a-2474282~2_men_indicted_in_Gilbert_officer_s_killin g.html

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    Arizona seeks death penalty in Redondo murder case

    PHOENIX — In the case State of Arizona vs. Christopher A. Redondo, the prosecution has filed a notice seeking the death penalty should the trial result in a guilty verdict.

    Redondo is accused of shooting and killing Lt. Eric Shuhandler of the Gilbert Police Department on Jan. 28, 2010.

    On Feb. 10, a grand jury handed up a 25-count indictment against Redondo, including one count of first degree murder, 19 counts of aggravated assault, and four counts of drive by shooting.

    The Superior Court of Arizona, which will try the case, has ordered that Redondo undergo intelligence quotient, competency and sanity prescreening evaluations to determine whether the defendant was sane at the time of the allegedly committed crime for which he will stand trial.

    Procedures to select a jury have been addressed by the court, and the selection process will be initiated in the coming weeks.

    Arizona Rules of Criminal Procedure require capital cases to be resolved within 18 months from arraignment, which occurred on Feb. 2, 2010. A trial date has been set for June 27, 2011 in the Superior Court of Arizona in Phoenix.

    http://www.silverbelt.com/v2_news_articles.php?heading=0&story_id=1399&page= 72

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    Report details chase, Gilbert officer's slaying

    Hours after a Gilbert police lieutenant was fatally shot during a traffic stop, Daimen Irizarry's thoughts turned to the slain man's family. Irizarry's childhood friend stands accused of firing the shot.

    "I hope the officer didn't have no little kids like I do, then at least I'll be able to sleep," Irizarry is quoted as saying in the 5,000-page police report released by the Arizona Department of Public Safety into the slaying of Lt. Eric Shuhandler around 11 p.m. Jan. 28 and a subsequent police pursuit of the gunman.


    "Unfortunately, he did," a Gilbert detective responded, referring to Shuhandler's two daughters, then 12 and 10.

    Irizarry, of Gilbert, sobbed from the hospital bed where he was recovering from gunshot wounds to both ankles and his calf. He suffered the wounds in a shootout with police after a 50-mile chase on U.S. 60 that ended near Globe, according to the report. Also wounded was Irizarry's friend Christopher Redondo, 35, of Globe, whose ankle was nearly severed in the shootout. He is accused of killing Shuhandler.

    The newly released police documents show that 12 police officers - 10 from Mesa, one Maricopa County sheriff's deputy and one Pinal County sheriff's deputy - fired at least 58 shots from handguns, shotguns and assault rifles at Irizarry and Redondo during the confrontation.

    One officer who opened fire told DPS investigators that officers should have advanced on Redondo and Irizarry, who had taken cover against their getaway vehicle, and "finish the job," the report states.

    "Trying to talk to somebody that was shooting at us was pointless," the Mesa police officer stated. "It's a lethal-force situation, and you face it with lethal force."

    The report offers more detail into the chase that ensued after Shuhandler was shot in the face during a traffic stop at Baseline Road and Val Vista Drive. Redondo refused to speak with investigators and requested a lawyer, but Irizarry did not.

    "I'm a God-fearing man," Irizarry told investigators. "I know there's things that I do with my life as far as like the drug . . . but to take somebody's life? No, not me."

    Irizarry had been driving a Ford work truck owned by Redondo's father about 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 28 when Shuhandler pulled it over for an obstructed license plate, the report states. Irizarry said he saw Shuhandler returning to the pickup in the driver's side-view mirror then suddenly heard a "pop" as the officer approached Redondo's passenger window.

    "If I would have known that's what happened, I would have probably just jumped out then and called 911 for help," Irizarry said. However, he told police, Redondo ordered him to drive and to call Redondo's father to meet them.

    Irizarry's attorney Chad Shell argues in court documents that Irizarry refused to pull over because he was under "duress."

    "He was an unfortunate hostage of the circumstances he innocently found himself in," Shell wrote. "He is a VICTIM!"

    Police say Redondo fired on pursuing officers and climbed into the back of the pickup, then began hurling various tools at pursuing police cars along U.S. 60, disabling 13 vehicles before the getaway vehicle ran out of gas, the report states.

    Irizarry told investigators Redondo said they should "get out and just start walking. They're not going to do nothing as long as we're not doing nothing." However, police said Redondo exited the vehicle and opened fire.

    "As soon as I got towards the front (of the pickup), it was just gunshot after gunshot," Irizarry said, recalling the shootout with police. "It was more gunshots than I've ever heard in my life."

    While Redondo and Irizarry used their pickup for cover, police lay on the ground and took aim at their feet and legs.

    "I had to stop him," one officer who opened fire told investigators. "(Redondo) was going to kill somebody. I had to do something to, to, to keep that from happening."

    Redondo faces the death penalty if convicted on charges of first-degree murder, four counts of drive-by shooting and 19 counts of aggravated assault. Irizarry faces four counts of drive-by shooting, nine counts of aggravated assault and unlawful flight from law enforcement.

    Both have pleaded not guilty to the charges. Redondo was also recently indicted in the unrelated murder of Miami resident Ernie Singh, who was shot in the face in June 2009.

    Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/12news/news/articles/2010/06/12/20100612report-details-gilbert-officer-murder.html#ixzz0qkHybuZQ

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    Alleged Accomplice Goes on Trial in Officer's Death

    A trial has begun in the case involving a Gilbert Police officer who was shot and killed, just before a high-speed chase back in January that spanned two Arizona counties.

    Daimen Irizarry, one of the men accused of taking part in the crime spree and shootout, is facing murder charges in the death of Lieutenant Eric Shuhandler back in January.

    Police say Irizarry was in the truck with Christopher Redondo when they were pulled over for a traffic stop in Gilbert. Police say Redondo fired at Shuhandler, killing him, and then the pair fled the scene.

    Officers engaged in a high-speed pursuit for the next 50 miles from Gilbert to Globe. The men tried to outrun police, tossing a firearm and an air compressor out of the back of the truck.

    But Irizarry's attorney says his client should be facing lesser charges than Redondo, Shuhandler's alleged killer. Their arguments began Wednesday in court.

    Prosecutors say Daimen Irizarry had two choices -- help the Gilbert officer who had just been shot, or help his accomplice get away. They say he chose to flee.

    In court Wednesday, casually rocking in his chair, at times smirking, Irizarry listened to prosecutors give their opening arguments in the case against him.

    "Immediately he took off away from the scene so the police could not apprehend his friend," said criminal prosecutor Juan Martinez. "He's guilty as a helper of four counts of drive by shooting."

    Irizarry is accused of being the getaway driver for Redondo. Police say Redondo shot Lt. Shuhandler, but Irizarry drove Redondo away and led officers on a 50-mile chase.

    Prosecutors say Irizarry drove steadily as Redondo climbed into the bed of the truck, fired at officers and threw power tools at them.

    In court, Mesa Police Officers recounted the heartbreaking scene where they found Lt. Shuhandler on the ground.

    "He was lying down, his head was facing to the south, and it looked like his head had been blown off."

    But defense attorneys say Irizarry only drove away because he feared for his life. Irizarry's attorney Charles Shell says he had no idea Redondo had two guns on him until after the shooting.

    "He will testify he was scared, he was in a panic, he didn't have any other options," says Shell.

    Irizarry was charged with 13 counts including aggravated assault, drive by shooting and unlawful flight. Redondo was charged with 22 counts including 1st degree murder, aggravated assault and drive by shooting.

    Redondo spent weeks in the hospital recovering from several gunshot wounds -- he could receive the death penalty.

    http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/news/justice/irizarry-trial-begins-7-7-2010

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    Irizarry found guilty on all charges

    PHOENIX — Daimen Irizarry was found guilty on all charges by a jury in Maricopa Superior court on Thursday, July 22, 2010. Irizarry was on trial for his participation in the shooting death of Gilbert Police Lt. Eric Shuhandler and the 50-mile police chase that ensued between Mesa and Superior. Irizarry drove the get-away truck during the high speed chase on Jan, 28, 2010 after the passenger, Christopher Redondo of Globe, allegedly shot and killed Lt. Shuhandler during a routine traffic stop.

    Irizarry has been found guilty on eight counts of aggravated assault, four counts of drive-by shooting, and one count of unlawful flight from law enforcement. His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 27, 2010.

    Irizarry’s alleged accomplice, Christopher Redondo, is charged with first degree murder of Lt Shuhandler with a single shot to the facial area.

    Redondo is also being charged in a separate murder case for the alleged shooting death of Ernie Singh of Miami, Arizona in June of last year.

    If found guilt, Redondo faces the death penalty.

    http://www.silverbelt.com/v2_news_articles.php?heading=0&story_id=1723&page= 72

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    Redondo arraigned on new charges

    On Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, Christopher Redondo of Globe was transfered by Maricopa County sheriff’s agents to Globe to appear in Gila County Superior Court, Div. I in front of Judge Peter Cahill for an arraignment involving six counts of misconduct involving weapons. The charges are in relation to a search carried out by Globe Police Department at his residence in Globe early last year. Redondo has entered into a not guilty plea for the charges.

    Redondo is currently being held in Maricopa County Jail on 19 charges involving the alleged shooting-death of Gilbert police officer, Lt. Eric Shuhandler, in January of 2010. Should Redondo be found guilty of the charges, he faces the death penalty. Redondo’s trial in the Superior Court of Arizona, Maricopa County, is set to begin on June 27, 2011. At a case management conference on Nov. 11, 2010, involving the aforesaid charges, Redondo was not present due to having allegedly disassembled his wheelchair and threatened deputies with a part or parts of the wheelchair.

    On Dec. 20, 2010, the presiding judge Janet E. Barton, ordered pretrial competency screening. “Recognizing the state’s notice of intention to seek the death penalty, the court on April 13, 2010 ordered that, absent written objection, the trial judge appoint experts for IQ prescreening pursuant to A.R.S. §13-754 (A)(1) and sanity prescreening pursuant to A.R.S. §13-754 (A)(2).”

    Redondo is to be evaluated at Maricopa County Jail and the examiner is ordered to return a report to the court by the next case management conference which has been set for Jan. 31, 2011.

    In a separate case, Redondo has been charged with first degree murder and misconduct involving weapons in the shooting-death of Miami resident Ernie Singh in June of 2009. His trial for these charges is currently set to begin April 5, 2011 in Gila County Superior Court, Div. I.

    http://www.silverbelt.com/v2_news_ar...d=2333&page=72

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    Getaway driver in Gilbert officer's slaying sues police

    A Gilbert man serving 107 years in prison for being the getaway driver in the shooting death of a Gilbert police officer is suing four law-enforcement agencies, claiming the officers who fired on him used excessive force.

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    Police opened fired on Daimen Irizarry, 31, and Christopher Redondo, 36, after they led several officers on a 50-mile chase on U.S. 60 that ended in a gunbattle near Globe following the Jan. 28, 2010, slaying of Lt. Eric Shuhandler.

    INJURED IN CHASE

    Irizarry and Redondo were seriously injured when police opened fire on them near Globe. In the suit, Irizarry claims police from Gilbert, Mesa, and the Arizona Department of Public Safety as well as Maricopa County Sheriff's deputies used excessive force and were negligent when they shot the suspects multiple times in the legs and feet.

    In July, a jury found Daimen Irizarry guilty of eight felony counts.

    FAILED CLAIM

    Irizarry, who is appealing his sentence, had sought $5 million in a notice of claim filed against Gilbert in July, which the town rejected. In it, he maintained he was an "innocent bystander" at the time of the shooting and tried to flee out of fear of his life.

    Shuhandler was shot when he stopped the two men in a truck owned by Redondo's father for having an obstructed license plate at Val Vista Drive and Baseline Road. During the subsequent chase, police reports state, Redondo fired at officers and disabled 12 police cars by hurling tools and equipment from the bed of the pickup. The chase ended with the pickup ran out of gas.

    AWAITING TRAIL

    Redondo is awaiting trial on several charges, including first-degree murder, and faces the death penalty if convicted.

    He also faces an additional first-degree murder charge in the unrelated homicide of Gila County resident Ernie Singh, who was fatally shot in Miami on June 24, 2009.

    Redondo is scheduled to stand trial in Shuhandler's death in June.

    Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/community/g...#ixzz1Db1QWEEp

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    Redondo trial continued to Aug. 31

    The trial for Christopher Redondo, of Globe, Ariz., in the shooting-death of Miami resident Ernie Singh has been continued to Aug. 31, 2011 in Globe Superior Court.

    Redondo is being charged with first degree murder and one count of misconduct with weapons. Redondo is currently being held in Maricopa County Jail awaiting trial for a separate case, involving the alleged shooting-death of Gilbert Police Lt. Eric Shuhandler in January of 2010.

    The state has indicated that it has no intention of filing a death notice at this time in the Singh murder case. Redondo is facing the death penalty should he be found guilty in the January 2010 murder of Lt. Shuhandler. The trial for Redondo in Maricopa County Superior Court involving the Lt. Shuhandler shooting is set to begin on June 27, 2011.

    http://www.silverbelt.com/v2_news_ar...&story_id=2537

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    Driver in Gilbert officer's slaying files lawsuit in U.S. court

    A lawsuit against several law-enforcement agencies brought by the getaway driver in the Jan. 28, 2010, murder of Gilbert police Lt. Eric Shuhandler will be heard in federal court.

    Feb. 10: Getaway driver in officer's slaying sues police



    Daimen Irizarry of Gilbert initially filed the lawsuit Jan. 27 in Maricopa County Superior Court against Mesa, Gilbert, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and Arizona Department of Public Safety. However, because he claims the agencies violated his constitutional rights, the matter was forwarded to U.S. District Court.

    FEDERAL LAWSUIT

    The lawsuit is virtually identical to one filed in Superior Court, in which Irizarry claimed police used excessive force and were negligent when they shot him and Christopher Angel Redondo, who allegedly shot Shuhandler, multiple times in the legs and feet.

    In July, a jury found Irizarry guilty of 13 counts, and he received 107 years in prison for his role in Shuhandler's killing.

    BACKGROUND

    Irizarry is appealing his sentence and sought $5 million in a notice of claim filed against Gilbert in July. He maintains he was an "innocent bystander" at the time of the shooting and led police on the chase for fear of his life.

    The case stems from a 10:30 p.m. traffic stop, when Shuhandler pulled over Irizarry, who was driving Redondo's father's work truck. Shuhandler pulled them over for having an obstructed license plate. A few minutes later, as Shuhandler returned to the pickup a second time, Redondo allegedly shot him in the head, police reports state.

    Irizarry and Redondo then led several officers on a chase eastbound on U.S. 60. During the chase, police reports state Redondo tossed items from the back of the pickup, disabling 12 patrol cars and fired at officers.

    The chase ended when the pickup ran out of gas near Globe. Police say Redondo again opened fire. Police returned fire as Irizarry and Redondo took cover behind the truck, striking the pair in the legs and feet.

    AWAITING TRAIL

    Redondo is scheduled to stand trial in June on several charges, including first-degree murder, and faces the death penalty if convicted.

    He also faces an additional first-degree murder charge in the unrelated homicide of Gila County resident Ernie Singh, who was fatally shot in Miami on June 24, 2009.

    Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/community/g...#ixzz1IyQEfhNc

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    Redondo Update

    Phoenix — The capital case involving Globe resident Christopher Redondo has been postponed in Maricopa Superior Court. The trial, which was set to begin July 27 is now set to begin Jan. 17, 2012.

    Redondo is being held in Maricopa County Jail on charges related to the shooting-death of Gilbert Police Lt. Eric Shuhandler in January of 2010. Redondo faces charges of first degree murder, four counts of drive by shooting, and 19 counts of aggravated assault.

    According to case minutes, it has been ordered by the court, that Redondo undergo competency screening before he stands trial. Redondo has plead not guilty to all charges.

    Daimen Irizarry, who was with Redondo in the truck at the time of the shooting and the long high-speed chase that followed from Mesa to Superior, Ariz. was found guilty on four counts of drive by shooting, eight counts of aggravated assault, and one count of unlawful flight from law enforcement earlier this year. He plead not guilty to all charges, and claimed to have feared for his life.

    Redondo also faces first degree murder charges in another separate case in Gila County Superior Court.

    If found guilty in the shooting-death of Lt. Shuhandler, Redondo faces the death penalty.

    http://www.silverbelt.com/v2_news_ar...&story_id=2746

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