http://www.azcentral.com/community/gilbert/articles/2010/01/29/20100129officer-shot-gilbert-ON.html Veteran Gilbert police officer shot, killed at traffic stop by Bob Seavey - Jan. 29, 2010 07:25 AM Associated Press A Gilbert police officer was shot and killed during a traffic stop, and two suspects were wounded in a high-speed chase that erupted in gunfire, authorities said. Lt. Eric Shuhandler, a veteran of the Gilbert Police Department, was shot Thursday night in Gilbert at about 11 p.m. Thursday and rushed to a hospital where he died, said Gilbert police spokesman Sgt. Mark Marino. The suspected vehicle was spotted nearby minutes later and a high-speed chase began along U.S. 60, with several police cars pursuing the suspected pickup truck east. Several shots were fired and the two suspects were hit multiple times, Marino said. "During the pursuit, the suspects shot at officers," Marino said. "One or two (police) cars were disabled but no officers were hit." The chase ended near Superior, as officers from four police departments converged on the suspects' truck. The two male suspects were taken into custody and hospitalized. Both were shot in the lower extremities and were in stable, non-life-threatening condition Friday morning, according to Lt. Steve Harrison of the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Their names were not released. He said that authorities were trying to determine what prompted the original traffic stop and why someone in the suspected vehicle allegedly opened fire. The violence occurred about 12 minutes into the traffic stop. Marino said his understanding was Shuhandler was hit by one bullet. Channel 12 (KPNX) reports that Shuhandler was a 16-year veteran with the Gilbert police and acted as spokesperson for the department during the arrest of former NBA star and sports commentator Charles Barkley in December of 2008. He was the second Arizona law officer to die in the line of duty in recent weeks. Department of Public Safety officer Chris Marano was struck and killed last month by another officer's patrol car while he was laying down spike strips to stop a vehicle during a high-speed freeway chase in Phoenix. Lt. Eric Shuhandler, in a 2001 photo.