In Memoriam

Their sacrifice will always be remembered

Since the city was founded in 1912, five Chandler Police officers have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Tyler Britt

Officer
Badge Number: 490
End of Watch: January 11, 2021

Officer Tyler Britt died after a protracted battle with Covid-19. Officer Britt was a 19-year veteran of the Chandler Police Department and served much of his time in the impaired driver enforcement unit. He is survived by his wife and son. Officer Britt loved being a police officer and cared dearly about the community he served.

Please take a moment to remember Tyler and keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

David Payne

Officer
Badge Number: 574
End of Watch: October 31, 2014

While working DUI enforcement, Officer Payne tragically lost his life after being struck by a vehicle while stopped for a red light at the intersection of Chandler Boulevard and Pennington Drive. The driver attempted to flee the scene but was apprehended a short distance away.

This incident was a loss to both the Chandler Police Department and the community as a whole, but Dave will always be remembered for his commitment to duty and country.

Please take a moment to remember Dave's sacrifice and the family he left behind.

Carlos Ledesma

Detective
Badge Number: 600
End of Watch: July 28, 2010

While working an undercover narcotics operation with other detectives, Detective Carlos Ledesma was shot and killed in an ambush. The two other undercover detectives were seriously wounded in the attack as well. Two suspects were killed at the scene, and seven more were later arrested in connection with Detective Ledesma’s death.

This tragedy was a huge loss to the Chandler Police Department, but Detective Ledesma, who was also an Iraq Veteran, will always be honored and remembered for his sacrifice and dedication to keeping our community safe.

Detective Ledesma is survived by his wife and two sons, and we ask you take a moment to remember his legacy and the family he left behind.

Rob Nielsen

Officer
Badge Number: 445
End of Watch: June 12, 2002

Officer Rob Nielson lost his life while responding to a traffic accident near Chandler Boulevard and Price Road, when his patrol car was struck by another vehicle. His fuel tank ruptured in the accident, starting a fire, and Officer Nielson died at the scene.

We ask that you take time to remember Officer Nielson and his dedication to serving our community. He is survived by his wife, parents, brother and sister.

James Snedigar

Officer
Badge Number: 312
End of Watch: April 16, 1999

Officer Snedigar lost his life while participating in a SWAT operation to apprehend multiple armed robbery suspects hiding in a large apartment complex. Officer Snedigar was the first Chandler Police Officer killed in the line of duty and his sacrifice will forever be remembered. The Snedigar Sportsplex in Chandler is named in his honor. Officer Snedigar is survived by his wife, a son, two daughters, and seven grandchildren.

In addition, two officers have lost their lives while on duty.

Bryant Holmes

Officer
Badge Number: 638
End of Watch: October 28, 2014

Officer Bryant Holmes tragically lost his life in an accident while on his way to work. He was riding his motorcycle northbound on Recker Road in Gilbert, when another driver ran a red light and struck Officer Holmes.

Officer Holmes is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters, and we ask you to remember and honor them, along with Officer Holmes’ service and dedication to the community.

Their sacrifice will always be remembered.

Richard Felix

Officer
Badge Number: 151
End of Watch: September 9, 1995

Officer Richard Felix was the first Chandler Police Officer to lose his life while on duty. He was found unconscious in his patrol car, having suffered from heart failure.

Officer Felix left a timeless legacy on not only the Chandler Policer Department, but the community as a whole. He is remembered every day.