On Monday, Mesa Police Officer, Brandon Mendoza, was killed in a head-on collision when his Volkswagen Passat was struck on Interstate 10 by a Chevrolet Trailblazer. Both vehicles burst into flames, and Officer Mendoza was transported to a hospital in Phoenix, where he was soon pronounced dead.
The driver of that SUV was later identified as Raul Silva-Corona, 42. He had a Blood Alcohol Level of 0.238, nearly three time's the legal limit, according to police.
Silva-Corona, who died at the scene, drove Southbound for more than 30 miles in the Northbound lanes of Interstate 51, before slamming into Ofc. Mendoza, stated the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have confirmed that Silva-Corona was in the country illegally, and had outstanding warrants for his arrest when he was picked up by Border Patrol agents working near Columbus, NM, in 2003.
According to court records, Silva-Corona has been in the country illegally, for at least 20 years. In 1994, he was charged with burglary, assault and leaving an the scene of an accident scene in Adams County, Colorado. He later pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy.
It is unclear at this time whether or not Silva-Corona was ever deported, or was simply allowed to come and go across our currently-unprotected border with Mexico.
Officer Mendoza, 32, was a thirteen year veteran of the Mesa Police Department. He volunteered his time at the Boys and Girls Club, was an animal lover, and recently fostered a homeless pit bull he named Lucy Blu, reported CBS 5.
Of course, Officer Mendoza is only the latest police officer killed in Arizona by an illegal alien. What follows is a list of a few of those heroes who will never again make roll call:
-Officer Marc Atkinson, Phoenix Police Department
On March 26, 1999, Officer Atkinson, 28, was shot and killed by illegal alien Felipe Petrona-Cabana. Officer Anderson was ambushed by Cabana while on routine patrol. Cabana was traveling with two other illegal aliens and carrying a pound of cocaine. An armed citizen named Rory Vertigan witnessed the shooting and helped capture the outlaws.
Officer Atkinson served on the Phoenix Police Department for five years. He left behind a wife and an infant son.
-U.S. Park Ranger Kris Eggle
On August 9, 2002, Ranger Eggle, 27, was killed by Mexican drug dealers while on duty in Arizona's Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument Park. Ranger Eggle was attempting to apprehend two drug dealers, after being notified by Mexican authorities that the two had crossed the border and were headed into the park. One of the drug dealers opened fire on Ranger Eggle with an AK-47. Eggle died before a medivac helicopter arrived on the scene. Mexican police officers shot and killed Eggle's murderer.
U.S. Park Ranger Eggle left behind his grieving parents and his sister (also a U.S. Park Ranger).
-Officer Nick Erfle, Phoenix Police Department
On September 18, 2007, Officer Erfle stopped a group of men who were obstructing traffic, one of the men, Mexican national Erik Martinez then shot and killed him. Martinez had been deported in 2006 for theft charges, but was able to easily re-enter the U.S.
Officer Erfle, 33 left behind a wife and two children.
-Officer Shane Figueroa, Phoenix Police Department
On Oct. 25, 2008, Officer Figueroa was responding to a "shots fired" call when his patrol car was hit by a pick-up truck driven by Mexican national Salvador Vivas-Diaz, who was drunk at the time. Vivas-Diaz had a history of DUI arrests and had been previously deported.
Officer Figueroa, 25 left behind a wife and a 3-month-old baby.
-Officer Daryl Raetz, Phoenix Police Department
On May 19, 2013, was hit and killed by Mexican national Jesus Cabrera Molina, while he was conducting a routine traffic stop near the intersection of 51st Avenue and Cambridge Road. Molina fled the scene, but was arrested a few hours later.
Officer Raetz, 29, had been with the Phoenix Police Department for six years, and was a veteran of the Iraq War. He left behind a wife and one child.
How many more dead police officers will it take before the federal government does its job and actually protects this country by simply enforcing existing immigration laws?