James Peters, Scottsdale Cop With Six Kills, Applies for Retirement
James Peters, the Scottsdale police officer who made headlines in February for shooting and killing the sixth person of his 12-year stint with the department, is applying for retirement.
According to a meeting agenda for Scottsdale's police board for the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System, Peters has submitted an "accidental disability retirement application," which is scheduled to be discussed by the board on Thursday.
Peters' most recent shooting was on February 14, when he shot and killed 50-year-old John Loxas, who happened to be holding a baby at the time.
Police responded to Loxas' place after neighbors reported that he'd pointed a gun at them, but after Loxas was shot on his doorstep, police found two guns near him, inside the home.
Peters was placed on administrative leave after the shooting, which is typical.
According to various media reports, Peters' prior killings include a disbarred lawyer with a shotgun, a burglary suspect, a man who took a hostage at a grocery store, a guy who decided to shoot at the cops, and another who decided to drive his truck at the cops.
Peters was also involved in another shooting, but the suspect lived through that one.
According to KPHO, Peters was cleared after investigations in his previous shootings, although the city and one man's family settled out of court in one instance.
We have a call out to a representative for the city's police retirement system to find out what that "accidental disability" is, or any other information is Peters' application, so we'll let you know if/when he gets back to us. If not, we could find out on Thursday.
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