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Published on June 21, 2024
Scottsdale Community Honors Legacy of Fallen Detective Ryan So in Exclusive CeremonySource: X/ScottsdalePD

The law enforcement community and local residents came together to mourn the loss of Detective Ryan So of the Scottsdale Police Department. The detective died in a tragic accident a week prior when a rifle discharged as it fell from a bag after he served a search warrant. On June 20, services were held at Highlands Church, as reported by FOX 10 Phoenix. The ceremonies were exclusive to law enforcement personnel, friends, and the family of the fallen officer.

As part of the solemn observances, a procession began at 8:30 a.m. to escort Det. So from the church to Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary and Cemetery, where he was laid to rest. Roads including Westbound Pinnacle Peak, Southbound Scottsdale Road, and Westbound Bell Road were closed to accommodate the procession. Det. So, who served the Scottsdale Police Department for over nine years, is survived by a wife and three children. Prior to his police career, he honorably served in the U.S. Navy, according to an interview with Scottsdale Assistant Police Chief Rich Slavin provided by AZFamily.

Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell spoke at her bi-weekly press conference about the impact of Det. So's passing. “Today is the day we are laying Det. Ryan So to rest. Det. So was killed last week, in fact one week ago. I had the chance to go to his services this morning and hear about an incredible man. He served in our Navy to protect our country. He has been with Scottsdale PD for a number of years. He has a wife and daughters. My heart goes out to them and his larger family and his family at Scottsdale PD. I would ask the community to keep them in your prayers. Today is a hard day,” Mitchell said, acknowledging the community's loss. This statement was captured by AZFamily.

Several organizations have stepped forward to offer support to the bereaved family during this difficult time. Anyone wishing to contribute may do so through the Fraternal Order of Police, the Police Officers of Scottsdale Association, the 100 Club, or The Scottsdale Police Foundation. Contributions go towards providing financial support and resources to the detective's family. Community members seeking to extend their support and condolences can find more information on how to donate through these organizations' respective outlets.