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Yuma man arrested in death of Arizona DPS officer

DPS Officer Tim Huffman was killed in an accident on I-8. He was a 14-year veteran of the agency.

Yuma man arrested in death of Arizona DPS officer

By Rikki Mitchell. CREATED May 10, 2013

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) - A Yuma man has been arrested on numerous charges in connection with a crash that killed a state Department of Public Safety officer earlier this week.
   
Detectives with the Arizona Department of Public Safety arrested 33-year-old Jorge Espinoza at his home on Friday. He was booked into the Yuma County jail.
   
DPS spokesman Bart Graves says Espinoza is facing one count of manslaughter, 14 counts of endangerment and seven counts of criminal damage.
   
It's not clear whether Espinoza has an attorney.
   
Officer Tim Huffman, a 14-year DPS veteran, was killed Monday when a tanker truck driven by Espinoza smashed into the vehicles of responders to an accident along Interstate 8 in southwestern Arizona.
   
Authorities said it wasn't clear why Espinoza didn't react to the flashing lights and the waving of a DPS officer to signal that a lane was closed.

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Rikki Mitchell

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Rikki Mitchell is a proud University of Arizona grad and joined the KGUN9 team after graduation. Rikki reports as a video journalist for the evening and weekend newscasts.