A police officer, an EMT and a member of the U.S. Border Patrol will be honored Thursday at the sixth annual Heroes Day ceremony.
After being shot in the head at a residential burglary call in November, Tucson police Sgt. Robert Carpenter thought he was going to die.
Sgt. Robert Carpenter, recovering from being shot in the head, said during the Police Department's Annual Fallen Officer Memorial on Wednesday that he aims to return to work because "because my extended family of officers needs me as much as I need them."
David "Nick" Delich, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia years before he killed Tucson police officer Erik Hite, was sentenced Monday in Pima County Superior Court. He had already entered a plea agreement that guarantees he will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
David "Nick" Delich, middle, listens to the proceedings with lawyer Stanton Bloom, right. Delich, who's been deemed mentally incompetent, received over 91 years in custody at Arizona State Hospital, with life in prison possible at some point.
At right, Nohemy Hite, widow of Officer Erik Hite, explains to the court how her husband's killing left her devastated.
Under the terms of the plea, Nick Delich will spend the next 91.5 years in the state hospital. If, during that time, the doctors find he is no longer seriously mentally ill he will be transferred to the state prison to start serving a life term, with the possibility of release after 25 years.
Nick Delich is a little more than two weeks away from being sentenced for the June 2008 death of TPD Officer Erik Hite. Prosecutors took care of what amounts to a footnote in the case recently, with no fanfare.
Nearly four years after ambushing and killing a Tucson police
officer and trying to kill several others, David "Nick" Delich, 29,
pleaded guilty to first degree murder on Friday.
Teacher aide Anita Stone checks the diaper of an infant in the
nursery at the day-care facility opened by Nohemy Hite for law
enforcement and military families.
The widow of slain Tucson police Officer Erik Hite looked for a
way to give back to the law enforcement community that rallied
around her following her husband's death in 2008.
The Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award was posthumously
awarded to Tucson police officer Erik Hite at last month's 94th
Mid-Year Convention of the Arizona Elks Association.