Greg Carnicle Biography, Greg Carnicle Wiki

Commander Greg Carnicle of the Phoenix Police Department was shot and killed in the line of duty on March 29, 2020, while responding to a domestic disturbance call. He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Carnicle was one of several officers who responded to a home at 40th Drive and Pinnacle Peak after an argument between roommates escalated. Police said one of the roommates, described as a 22-year-old man, was acting “erratically,” refused to come out of the house, and opened fire at Carnicle and two other officers. The gunman eventually exited the house but refused to surrender his weapon, and was shot and killed by police, ABC15 reported.

Greg Carnicle Early Life, Education

Commander Greg Carnicle was a lifelong Phoenix resident. According to his Facebook page, he graduated from Cortez High School. On the Cortez High School Alumni Facebook page, a friend of Carnicle’s named Michael Profiri posted a photo from their teenage years and wrote, “Greg Carnicle my high school buddy. We will always remember you. Team captain. Homecoming king. All around great guy. Number 63 lives on forever in our hearts ???????????????? #ThankYouCommander.”

Greg Carnicle Family, Children, Wife

Carnicle is survived by his wife and four adult children.

Greg Carnicle Career

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams described Carnicle as a “ernal”>true hero.” Arizona’s governor ordered flags flown at half-staff statewide on March 30 in honor of Carnicle. He had served on the force for more than 30 years and had been planning to retire in a matter of months, police said. 

Greg Carnicle Death, Phoenix police Shooting

Phoenix police commander was killed and two officers were hurt in a shooting Sunday night at a home near 43rd Avenue and Pinnacle Peak Road. Phoenix police confirm Cmdr. Greg Carnicle was shot and killed in the line of duty.

According to Sgt. Mercedes Fortune with Phoenix police, around 7 p.m. Sunday, several roommates at the home got into an argument. The situation escalated and the roommates called police to remove one of the roommates who was acting strange and erratic.

Carnicle and two of his officers were dispatched to the home. Fortune said the suspect was complying at first and there was no sign of any problem. The suspect then closed the door and left the officers outside.

Additional officers responded to the scene and were able to get into the house. That’s when the suspect started to get erratic again and told the officers he wouldn’t leave. Carnicle and two officers were standing on the stairs outside the apartment. The suspect opened the door and opened fire on Carnicle and the two other officers. Carnicle did not survive. The other two officers are expected to recover from their injuries.


Commander Greg Carnicle spent 31 years with the Phoenix Police Department. Sgt. Fortune described Carnicle as a “wonderful man” who loved being a police officer.

Other Cortez alumni shared condolences in the hours after Carnicle’s passing. Many expressed love and support for his wife and children, and commented on the “senseless” and “tragic” nature of his death. Several remarked that Carnicle was two months away from retirement.

Phil Putnam Jr. wrote, “Greg and I went to elementary school together as well as Cortez, he was a great friend!! My family’s prayers go out to his family and to the hurt officers and there family’s as well, may Jesus look over you in this time of pain and loss!!”

Partners in law enforcement also took to social media to share condolences. Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone wrote on Twitter, “I have known Commander Greg Carnicle since our time at Cortez High School. He is a good man, kind and thoughtful and was proud to serve this community with the @PhoenixPolice. This is an absolute loss for our community. My prayers for his family and the Officers who are recovering.”

Col. Frank Milstead, the Director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, shared that he was “heartbroken” over the loss of Commander Carnicle, noting that they previously worked together. “I am sadden [sic] by the death of my friend @PhoenixPolice Commander Greg Carnicle. We served together in the Traffic Bureau and Tactical Support Bureau, while I was working at Phoenix PD. He was 30+ year veteran of the PPD. Via Con Dios.”

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams talked about the friendship she shared with Commander Carnicle in the hours after he was killed. “I can tell you this about Greg. I knew him for 30 years. He and I worked together in Maryville precinct and used to enjoy way too much Church’s Chicken on duty. To be able to stand here today and say that one of my good friends is lost is troubling. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. Keep the Carnicle family in your thoughts and prayers.” She also described him as a “true hero.”

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