Attacks on police put local families of law enforcement on edge

Published: Jul. 25, 2016 at 9:08 AM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:18 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The recent ambush attacks on police have many families of law enforcement on edge, and Tucson is no exception.

KOLD News 13 spoke to a local woman whose husband was killed while he was on duty in 2005.

Sherry Graham-Potter said Timothy Graham, a deputy with the Pima County Sheriff's Department at the time, was killed after being hit by a truck.

Although that incident was considered an accident, this month alone, eight police officers have been killed in ambush attacks.

"Every time there is an officer killed in the line of duty, as a survivor it brings that all back," said Graham-Potter. "It really takes you right back to that moment when a doorbell ring completely shatters your world."

A few years ago, Graham-Potter married Chris Potter, a Tucson police officer.

"Anyone who goes into law enforcement, there is an inherent risk that they assume," she said. "What a lot of people I don't think understand is that their family, also by proximity also assumes that risk."

Graham-Potter admits it getting harder to say goodbye to her husband every morning since the shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

"It became a lot more difficult to watch him walk out the door. Just knowing that mentality existed, that there are people that actively want to harm officers in the line of duty. Almost as though they were being hunted and that is frightening," she said.

Her husband said even he has seen a shift in his thinking while on duty.

"I'm more concerned about my partners safety…my coworkers' safety," he said. "These are pretty steep obstacles as a whole right now. We will get through it."

But his wife said it's a risk he's willing to take, because he cares so much about the community.

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