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Grand jury indicts 2 in Arizona policeman's murder

Jair Cabrera

PHOENIX -- A federal grand jury has indicted two suspects in the fatal shooting of a tribal police officer on the outskirts of Phoenix.

Prosecutors said Elijah Loren Arthur and Joey Michael Thomas faced first-degree murder charges in the shooting of 37-year-old Jair Cabrera of the Salt River Police Department.

Cabrera was shot during a May 24 traffic stop at a convenience store on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

Court documents stated that Arthur balanced a semi-automatic rifle on the roof of his vehicle and fired two shots.

Cabrera was struck in the head before he got out of his patrol car.

Thomas was accused of supplying the rifle used in the shooting, driving the car stopped by Cabrera and baiting the officer into the traffic stop.

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