In a single day, two veteran deputies were killed while serving a civil writ of attachment. At 1300 hours they arrived at 5344 East Van Buren Street to repossess a mobile home in satisfaction for an $833 bank judgment. The owner shot Deputy LaRue in the back four times and then engaged in a shoot out with Deputy Stone. All three died at the scene.
Both of these line-of-duty deaths had sad and unusual circumstances. Deputy LaRue was only fifty-nine days short of his twenty-five year retirement, and Deputy Stone’s son, a Phoenix Police officer, had been killed in a motorcycle accident only three weeks earlier while going to the aid of a downed officer.