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James Peters, Scottsdale Cop With Six Kills, Approved for Retirement

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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 set for retirement.

Scottsdale's police board for the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System approved Peters' "accidental disability retirement application" yesterday.

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.

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.

Peters was cleared after investigations in previous shootings, although the city and one man's family settled out of court in one instance.

The city couldn't tell us what the disability was that prompted Peters to apply for retirement due to federal laws.

A City of Scottsdale spokeswoman tells New Times that Peters' monthly pension check is expected to be around $4,500.


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