Detective Ryan So Death: Scottsdale Police Department Officer Passes Away

Ryan So, a dedicated detective at the Scottsdale Police Department, died from injuries on duty. His death deeply saddens his family and the Scottsdale PD community.


Who Was Detective Ryan So?

Ryan So served as a detective at the Scottsdale Police Department for over nine years. He was also a proud U.S. Navy veteran. Detective So was known for his commitment and dedication to his work, particularly in the Special Assignments Unit. He is survived by his loving wife and three children.

How Did Detective Ryan So Die?

Detective Ryan So died Thursday night near 76th Street and Greenway Hayden Loop. Around 6:30 p.m., officials responded to a call for help for an officer in trouble. Not all details are out, but it’s confirmed the community is safe. So was taken to the hospital but later died.

Tributes to Detective Ryan So

The news of Detective Ryan So’s passing has elicited an outpouring of grief and tributes from his colleagues and the community. A heartfelt message from the Scottsdale Police Department read:

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Detective Ryan So #1473 has succumbed to duty-related injuries. Detective So honorably served the City of Scottsdale and the Scottsdale Police Department for 9 years and ended his watch as a member of the Special Assignments Unit. Detective So also served in the United States Navy. This is an unimaginable tragedy for both Ryan’s family and his police family at SPD. Our thoughts and prayers are with Detective So’s family, his team, friends, and brothers and sisters in blue!”


The Mesa Police Department, part of the East Valley Critical Response Team, is investigating the incident. Scottsdale Assistant Police Chief Rich Slavin updated everyone. He shared his deep condolences and praised Detective So’s experience in both the Scottsdale Police Department and the Navy.


The passing of Detective Ryan So is a profound loss for his family, friends, and the entire Scottsdale community. His dedication to his duty and his country will always be remembered. Our deepest sympathies go out to his loved ones during this difficult time.

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