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May 19, 2013 12:58 PM by Associated Press

Phoenix police officer dies in fatal hit-and-run

PHOENIX (AP) - A police officer who was conducting a DUI stop on a vehicle in west Phoenix died after another vehicle struck him and then fled the scene.

Phoenix police say investigators are searching for the SUV that struck 29-year-old Officer Daryl Raetz around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

The hit-and-run collision happened as Raetz was standing in the roadway and was wrapping up the DUI stop.

Raetz later died at a hospital.

Police say the SUV was a dark gray or green SUV with fog lamps and primer around its muffler.

Raetz was an Iraq war veteran and worked as a Phoenix police officer for six years.

He is survived by a wife and young daughter.

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