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Police find SUV used in hit-and-run that killed Phoenix officer

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Police found a vehicle, but still no suspect, after a driver hit and killed a police officer and then drove away.

Police were still working on identifying the driver of the SUV that struck officer Daryl Raetz, the six-year police veteran who was on-duty when he was killed.

Phoenix law enforcement gathered at St. Joseph's Hospital early Saturday to mourn the loss of 29-year-old officer Daryl Raetz.

"I honestly don't have the words to describe the sorrow in my heart of Daryl and his family. He was one of Phoenix's finest, one of our heroes," said Phoenix Police Chief Daniel Garcia.

He was a hero just doing his job.

Officer Raetz stopped a drunk driver on 51st Avenue near Thomas when another vehicle, a large SUV, hit officer Raetz and sped away.

Around 3:30 a.m. residents heard the sirens on scene.

"I saw lights flashing through my window and I was just thinking it was just a random stop," said Melissa San Miguel. "It's unacceptable. I hope they catch the guy who did it, he's going to get what's coming to him."

Officer Raetz was taken to St. Joseph's where he died from his wounds.

The six-year police veteran was assigned to the Maryvale precinct and he also served in the military in Iraq.

"The men and women of our department are hurting we ask for our communities support and recognize our officers loss, this city's loss," said Garcia.

And the loss for his family: Raetz leaves behind a wife and a daughter.

"The family of the fallen will never, ever, ever be forgotten in the city of Phoenix," said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.

Police are investigating the hit-and-run and are seeking justice for one of their own.

At this time, police have not arrested anyone in the hit-and-run.

If you have any information about this case, call the Phoenix police at (602) 262-6141.  Those wishing to remain anonymous may call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or 480-TESTIGO. 

Martos says Silent Witness has increased the reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction to $5,000.

Fundraisers for Daryl Raetz

Facebook: Remembering Daryl Raetz PHXPD EOW 5/19/2013

Related story: Community pays tribute to fallen Phoenix police officer

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