Chandler Mayor Boyd Dunn announced Monday that he plans to postpone his annual State of the City address by a week because the original date, Feb. 3, coincides with funeral services for a slain Gilbert police officer.
Dunn’s address is now slated for 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Chandler Center for the Arts, on the northwest corner of Arizona Avenue and Chandler Boulevard. Dunn said funeral services for Gilbert Police officer Lt. Eric Shuhandler should take priority.
Shuhandler, 42, was shot and killed last Thursday at Val Vista Drive and Baseline Road by the driver of a vehicle that Shuhandler had stopped because of an obscured license plate.
Christopher A. Redondo, 35, of Globe, is the alleged shooter. The suspected driver is Daimen Irizarry, 30.
Police later shot and wounded the two suspects on a mountainous two-lane road after a 50-mile, high-speed chase along U.S. 60 in which the suspects fired shots at police cars and threw objects at them from their work truck.
“I feel this should be a day and a time where our focus should be on the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Shuhandler,” Dunn said in the statement released Monday.
Shuhandler leaves behind two daughters, ages 10 and 12.
Funeral services are slated for 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Sinai Mortuary, 4538 N. 16th St., Phoenix, and at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Westworld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road. After the service, there will be a funeral procession to the graveside service at Mount Sinai Cemetery, 24210 N. 68th St., Phoenix
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of the Shuhandler family,” Dunn wrote.