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
We’ve received notice that three @PhoenixPolice officers were injured in a shooting this evening. Our thoughts are with the loved ones of these officers and the entire Phoenix Police Department. Please keep these individuals in your thoughts.
— Mayor Kate Gallego (@MayorGallego) March 30, 2020
I have no exact details on the condition of the 3 @PhoenixPolice officers who were shot tonight. My heart is with the families of the wounded and the women and men of the Departmet. Pray for @PhxPDChief Jeri Williams and her team. Godspeed
— Col. Frank Milstead (@frank_milstead) March 30, 2020
Please take a moment to pray hard for the 3 @PhoenixPolice Officers seriously injured in a shooting tonight in north Phoenix.
— Greg Stanton (@gregstantonaz) March 30, 2020
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.”
No words are adequate to express my sadness for Commander Carnicle’s family and @PhoenixPolice. After a decorated career spent keeping PHX safe, he had his choice of assignments. He volunteered to be a Night Commander—this is the truest sign of the integrity of his character. https://t.co/HmAcWXB8kl
— Mayor Kate Gallego (@MayorGallego) March 30, 2020
He served for over 30 years on the force — and was just months away from retirement. Commander Carnicle’s tragic loss is another reminder of the dangers our officers face everyday to keep us safe. Our prayers are with his family and loved ones. May he #RIP. https://t.co/Osvdgl5zfb
— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) March 30, 2020
“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.
— Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (@mcsoaz) March 30, 2020
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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