Officer George V. Cortez Jr. #8232


Officer George Cortez was shot and killed after responding to a cash-checking store to investigate reports of a forgery-in-progress. At approximately 8:30 pm on July 27, 2007, Officer Cortez responded to a call that a man and woman were passing forged checks at a check-cashing business on 83rd Avenue, near Encanto Boulevard. Officer Cortez entered the business and was placing the male subject in handcuffs when the suspect, Edward Rose, a wanted felon and gang member, drew a gun and shot Officer Cortez killing him instantly. Fellow officers rushed to his aid performing CPR until Fire Department paramedics arrived.  George was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix where attempts to save him failed.
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On Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 1pm there was a memorial dedication at the check cashing store where George was shot.  This is was done by the officers of the Estrella Mountain Precinct in conjunction with the check cashing store. George's duty and sacrifice will never be forgotten! 

Merry Christmas 2011 George! This is the 5th
Christmas since you were taken from us.
We miss you so much and you are
always in our thoughts!

July 27, 2011 Today marks 4 years since that faithful night when we lost George. We miss him very much and will never forget his smiling face and the ultimate sacrifice that he made. The "Thin Blue Line" has been shaken many times, but will never be broken! God bless you, our angel in blue.

Death Penalty for Edward Rose
Wednesday, October 20, 2010

PHOENIX - A Maricopa County Superior Court jury handed down the death penalty Tuesday against a man who pleaded guilty in the 2007 shooting death of a Phoenix police officer.

Police say 23-year-old Edward James Rose fatally shot 23-year-old Officer George Cortez Jr. after the officer tried to arrest Rose at a west Phoenix check-cashing store on July 27, 2007.

"He was a great guy," said family friend and fellow police officer Tony Angelo about Cortez. "I saw him turn from a teenager to a young adult, then a man."

The shooting was captured on the store's surveillance video.

Earlier, Rose's girlfriend, 21-year-old Norma Lisa Lopez, pleaded guilty to charges of second-degree murder in Cortez's death.

Authorities say Lopez reportedly distracted Cortez, which allowed Rose to shoot him. 

The sentence brought closure to some but not to Cortez's wife, Tiffany. 

"We got what we wanted but there still hasn't been closure and I don't know if there ever will be," Tiffany said.

Leaning on the support of family and friends she now knows Edward Rose will pay for what he did.

"He's nothing to me," Tiffany said. "He's disgusting to me and I can't wait 'till the day he gets what he deserves."

Edward Rose Pleads Guilty!
In a move that stunned the crowded courtroom, Edward Rose stood before Judge McMurdie Friday morning August 20, 2010 and admitted he was guilty of all charges including the murder of George Cortez Jr. The sentencing phase begins Monday, August 23, 2010.

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Trial Begins for Man Accused of Killing Police Officer 

Updated: Monday, 09 Aug 2010, 1:04 PM MDT
Published : Monday, 09 Aug 2010, 1:03 PM MDT

PHOENIX - Jury selection is underway in the trial of a man accused of killing a Phoenix police officer.

Officer George Cortez was shot and killed in 2007 at a check cashing store. He was responding to a call about a man and woman passing forged checks.

While handcuffing Edward Rose, police say Rose pulled out a gun and shot Cortez.

Rose's girlfriend, Norma Lopez, was with him during the shooting. She pleaded guilty to second-degree murder earlier this year.


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   Edward Rose                Norma Lopez

On April 9, 2010 Norma Lisa Lopez, the girlfriend of the gunman Edward Rose, was sentenced to the maximum allowed under her plea agreement of 22 years in prison!  She previously admitted that she was present and knew that Rose was armed.  The other counts of assault on a police officer, forgery, drug possession and charges related to other crimes were dismissed.  This will give her plenty of time to think about her actions and the pain she has caused so many others!

Our sincere thank you to all of our family, friends, and the
Phoenix Police Officers, officers from other agencies, deputies and detention officers who took time to be with us at the sentencing.

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George's memorial was dedicated today, March 20, 2009. It is located on 83rd Avenue just south of Encanto Blvd. directly across from the check cashing store, facing S/B.

Present was the whole family, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, many many friends, police officers and deputies, detention officers and fire personnel.  The new's media including Scott Pasmore were there covering the event.  Sgt. Tommy Thompson gave the introduction and Chaplin Tom Bradley gave the opening prayer.  Tiffany, Koltan, and Gunner pulled the rope to unveil the memorial sign. 

We want to thank everyone who came and those who have provided support to the family over the last 20 months, your thoughtfulness, prayers, and kindness is greatly appreciated!


George, Tiffany and the boys during happier
times at the roller skating rink.

George's final call, Resthaven Cemetary in
Glendale on the anniversary of his death. 

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