September 19, 2007, - 3:41 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Yet another tragedy of the illegal alien invasion, another murder which could have been prevented, if we had tighter borders and someone running Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) who really meant business:
Phoenix police Officer Nick Erfle survived two bouts of cancer to put back on his uniform and patrol the city’s streets.
On Tuesday, a jaywalker shot him in the face and killed him.
“He’s a hard charger. Even though he had a serious illness, he came back to work the streets as soon as he could,” Sgt. Joel Tranter said.
“This will affect the officer’s family and the Phoenix Police Department forever. . . . It will always be a loss.”
The gunman, an illegal immigrant who had been deported last year, fled after shooting Erfle, commandeering a stopped car at gunpoint and ordering the motorist to drive. About an hour later, a Phoenix police tactical team surrounded Erik Jovani Martinez, 22, on a west Phoenix street and shot him dead as he pointed a gun at the hostage. The hostage was not hurt.
“The city of Phoenix, the citizens of Phoenix have lost another hero in our community,” Assistant Phoenix Police Chief Michael Frazier said, announcing Erfle’s death. “He died a hero doing the job he loved doing most.” . . .
Martinez, who had three children, was a gang member with a history of drug abuse, police say. He was convicted of theft in 2004 and served a short stint in prison in 2006. Immigration officials confirmed he had been deported in March 2006. . . .
Roger Elliott, who works nearby, came outside after a maintenance man told him to dial 911.
“Oh, my God, there was just blood all over the place,” Elliott said. “I can’t even describe it. I’ve never seen anything like it.”
“There was no movement at all. . . . I’m sure he was dead.”
Elliott said it took three officers to pull Rodarme away from his partner. Paramedics pumped on Erfle’s chest before whisking him away in an ambulance.
“It was just a feeling I will never, ever forget,” Elliott said. “I just cannot believe it. . . . It’s such a stupid thing.” . . .
Erfle had been an officer for eight years. He was pronounced dead at 9:30 a.m.
In Erfle’s north Phoenix neighborhood Tuesday night, Tiana Iannuzzi, 17, tearfully remembered the officer as a playful and patient family man who never raised his voice. Iannuzzi baby-sat for Erfle’s two sons, ages 3 and 5, and said the officer was “a great guy.”
Erfle had twice battled testicular cancer.
“We miss him a lot,” said Tiana’s mother, Carmella Iannuzzi. “He was just so strong during his cancer treatment. It’s just very sad. He was just an all-around good guy.”
Yet another life snuffed out by an illegal alien killer. Amnesty, anyone?
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