Tucson police officer killed in crash Sunday night

Dylan Smith
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A Tucson police officer was killed in a car crash Sunday night, officials said. Officer Adam Buckner, 31, was responding to another call, and a vehicle failed to yield at the intersection of East 6th Street and North Campbell Avenue around 10 p.m.

Buckner, heading north, was using the lights and siren on his 2007 Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser and had a green light at the intersection. A white sedan making a turn was involved in the collision, officials said.

“The force of the collision sent the officer’s patrol vehicle into a traffic signal pole on the northeast corner of the intersection,” officials said.

Bystanders assisted Buckner before other law enforcement officers and paramedics arrived at the scene. He was pronounced dead later at Banner University Medical Center, just blocks away.

The driver of the other vehicle, who was the only occupant, had non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital. No citations were issued at the scene, and there was no evidence the other driver was impaired, officials said.

Buckner was responding to a call that began with a report of a man smashing windows of a business at Speedway and Campbell.

“The male suspect fled on foot and additional officers were requested to assist,” officials said.

Buckner joined the Tucson Police Department in 2021 after serving four years as an officer and detective in New Orleans.

Buckner was named the “officer of the month” for TPD’s Midtown Division last June, with the department citing his work responding to an aggravated assault call and a homicide.

“He does not cut corners, but rather exhausts investigative leads when able to do so,” TPD said of Buckner.

Buckner is survived by his wife, mother, sister and three brothers, the department said. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Buckner is the ninth Tucson Police Department officer to die in the line of duty.

A TPD source told the Tucson Sentinel last week that the department has a number of aging Crown Victoria police interceptors still on the street. The 2007 model driven by Buckner lacks the side airbags and larger headrests added to later models. Ford discontinued manufacturing Crown Victorias — long a mainstay of police departments nationwide — in the 2011 model year.

Flags to half-staff

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs has ordered flags at all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, and on the day of interment, in honor of Buckner.

“We mourn the sudden loss of Officer Buckner and our thoughts are with his family and the entire community of Tucson. This is a solemn reminder of the selfless service of officers and first responders who put their lives on the line everyday to keep our communities safe,” Hobbs said.

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