Michael Rudd

La Paz County Sheriff's Sgt. Michael Rudd

A La Paz County Sheriff’s deputy was killed in a vehicle accident Monday morning, while assisting multiple law enforcement agencies in pursuit of a fleeing suspect.

Sergeant Michael Rudd is the first La Paz County Sheriff’s deputy to die in the line of duty since the sheriff’s office was founded in 1983.

Gov. Doug Ducey ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff at state buildings from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday in honor of Rudd.

Agencies involved in the pursuit included the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office and the Arizona Department of Public Safety. According to Sheriff William Ponce, the pursuit began shortly after midnight in the Quartzsite area, where a suspect facing initial charges of fraud attempted to flee eastbound on I-10 from law enforcement. Ponce says Rudd was struck by a commercial vehicle during the pursuit.

Rudd was transported to Palo Verde Hospital in Blythe, California, where he ultimately died from his injuries. According to Ponce, the fleeing suspect was ultimately apprehended. As of Monday afternoon, sheriff’s officials were still determining charges to be brought against that suspect.

“I can’t confirm additional charges (in reference to Rudd’s death),” Ponce said. “But I feel like it should be done.”

Rudd has served with the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office since 2013, and was promoted to the rank of sergeant this March. He was married, with six children.

“It’s a tragic loss,” Ponce said. “It’s a huge heartbreak for this department. It’s devastating, and we’re trying to deal with it. This is a small community, and everyone is close here. We’re like a family. He was well-liked and respected by his peers.”

Ponce says his department is planning to create a donation platform to assist Rudd’s family after his loss.

“We’re asking for prayers and support for his family,” Ponce said. “They’re going through a hard time right now.”

The incident remains under investigation by the Department of Public Safety. Attempts by Parker Pioneer reporters to contact Public Safety officials for further information were unsuccessful as of Monday afternoon.

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simon1dog

It appears 1947 is in need of psychological help.

1947

We all do to some degree. Got your donation ready!

simon1dog

Sad! Prayers for the family.

LET'S GO BRANDON!!!

The sheriff should contact https://t2t.org/

oneadam12

47/rather than second guess the decision made daily by law enforcement officers, how bout a prayer and some empathy for the wife and 6 kids. RIP Brother!!

Too old for this

Thank you! It is sad that you had to remind people to show some empathy and respect for those who risk everything so that the rest of us don't have to risk anything.

1947

I will match your donation to any fund that is set up for the family! Until that happens stop patting yourself on the back.

1947

I will match your donation to any fund that is set up for the family! Until that happens stop patting yourself on the back.

1947

I will match your donation to any fund that is set up for the family! Until that happens stop patting yourself on the back.

1947

A car chase to apprehend a fraud suspect! Maybe not the best decision.

rslhc

Really? Going to armchair quarterback this? “Maybe not the best decision” for you either. Maybe share some sympathy for a tragic loss of an officer and father of 6 instead.

Too old for this

Thank you!

1947

Empathy does not need to be expressed in a post to exist. I feel good about myself with out looking for praise. My hope is the wife will sue the department and win.

1947

I will match your donation to any fund that is set up for the family! Until that happens stop patting yourself on the back.

Big Daddy

What a freaking ass you are. Officers are swarm to serve and protect. They are there to apprehend criminals. That’s what this officer was trying to do. It was an unfortunate accident. You my friend are an unfortunate human being

1947

Empathy does not need to be expressed in a post to exist. I feel good about myself with out looking for praise. My hope is the wife will sue the department and win.

1947

I will match your donation to any fund that is set up for the family! Until that happens stop patting yourself on the back.

BigBob

47 - Your lack of empathy is truly astounding, but not surprising considering your record of making truly stupid statements here.

1947

Empathy does not need to be expressed in a post to exist. I feel good about myself with out looking for praise. My hope is the wife will sue the department and win.

1947

I will match your donation to any fund that is set up for the family! Until that happens stop patting yourself on the back.

1947

I doubt the officer made the decision. Empathy does not need to be expressed in a post to exist.

Aborrecco

First off that is my uncle, I am his nephew…how dare you use this platform to be a troll! I made an account just to come on here. You know nothing but what this article has said! And it’s not even close to the full story! How dare you! Our family is in so much pain and they don’t need to come on here and see your ignorance and stupidity.

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