Ariz. CO fatally shot in carjacking


Police have not found any evidence linking Gerrard's slaying to his work with DOC.

By Jonathan J. Cooper
Arizona Republic

BUCKEYE, Ariz. — A Department of Corrections officer was shot and killed late Saturday in an apparent carjacking near his Buckeye home, police said.

Bradley Jay Gerrard, 28, left his home around 11 p.m. to buy an air mattress for a visiting family member. Gerrard was apparently attacked on his way home from Wal-Mart, police reported.

A passer-by found his body just after midnight Sunday in a median along Tartesso Boulevard near Bruner Road. Officers found Gerrard's partially burned vehicle several miles away.

Buckeye police are processing both scenes for evidence, interim Cmdr. Phil Harris said Monday. Police have no potential suspects.

Gerrard had been a corrections officer for four years. He was assigned to the Arizona State Prison Complex-Lewis, near Buckeye.

Police have not found any evidence linking Gerrard's slaying to his work with DOC.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Buckeye Police Department at 623-349-6400.

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