A final act of heroism

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POSTED: Friday, March 7, 2014 - 3:00pm

UPDATED: Friday, March 7, 2014 - 3:09pm

Mortally wounded Phoenix police officer spends last moments of his life returning fire against the gunman who shot him and his partner. Gia Vang reports.

(KPNX) Heroic. Absolutely heroic.

A colleague used those words to describe the last moments of Phoenix police Detective John Hobbs' life.

"We're talking about an officer who got shot and doesn't give up the fight," police spokesman Steve Martos said.

Already mortally wounded and with his partner down, Hobbs managed to return fire at the fugitive who'd shot him and is believed to have killed the fugitive.

It was the final act of bravery for a man who'd spent the last seven years of his 21-year career tracking down the worst of the worst violent offenders.

Hobbs, who died Monday of gunshot wounds he suffered after trying to apprehend a man on an attempted-murder warrant, was part of a unit described as one of the "special forces" of the Police Department: the Major Offenders Unit.

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