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Fallen officer described as caring, compassionate cop

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

He was the kind of police officer who set an example to others.

A husband and father who made his family proud.

That's how John Hobbs, 43, is being remembered.

The Phoenix Police detective was shot and killed Monday during a shoot-out with a dangerous fugitive.

Officer Joshua Lopez has worked alongside Hobbs for years.

He told CBS5 that he'll remember Hobbs as a hard working, positive thinking police officer, who genuinely cared about the people he was protecting.

"He was one of those people, he got better with life," said Lopez. "I know he was about family. He believed in treating other officers as family also. He was a hard-working detective and he was definitely doing God's work. He died with his boots on."

Jeannie and Art Killenbeck of Phoenix said that Hobbs will always hold a special place in their hearts.

A few years back, Hobbs used to work patrol in their neighborhood, but he didn't just drive by.

He spent a lot of time talking to neighbors, in fact, Jeannie Killenbeck said she remembers Hobbs comforting her during a family crisis.

"He was very caring and very compassionate at the time my mom was dying of cancer," said Jeannie Killenbeck. "He was there and we used to talk. He helped get me through some of that. He was an all-around nice guy. I would call him my friend."

Hobbs had been with the Phoenix Police Dept. for the past 21 years and was currently working in the Major Offender Bureau.

He leaves behind a wife and three children, ages, 6, 8 and 10.

"One of those type of guys that you would see in the hallway and he would make it a point to come say hello and see how you are doing," said Sgt. Steve Martos. "Just one of those guys that everybody liked."

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