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Owner of SUV to be charged in hit-and-run that killed Phoenix officer

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Surprise police found the suspected hit-and-run vehicle on Sunday. Surprise police found the suspected hit-and-run vehicle on Sunday.
Daryl Raetz, 29, was a six-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department. (Source: Phoenix police) Daryl Raetz, 29, was a six-year veteran of the Phoenix Police Department. (Source: Phoenix police)
Bradley Harper, 23, was a two-year veteran of the Phoenix Fire Department. (Source: Phoenix fire) Bradley Harper, 23, was a two-year veteran of the Phoenix Fire Department. (Source: Phoenix fire)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Phoenix police say they have probable cause to charge an undocumented immigrant with the hit-and-run that killed a Phoenix police officer early Sunday morning.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson with the Phoenix Police Department said Jesus Cabrera Molina, 24, will be booked into Maricopa County Jail Monday afternoon on felony charges of manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatal collision.

Molina is the registered owner of green Ford SUV that was tied to the scene where Officer Daryl Raetz was struck and killed on May 19.

Raetz was assisting other officers in processing a DUI suspect about 3:30 a.m. Sunday near 51st and Cambridge Avenues when he was hit by the dark green SUV.

Surprise police later stopped the SUV with Molina at the wheel and found damage to the hood and grill consistent with that described by Phoenix police after it left the scene.

Police said Molina consented to a search and while he removed items from his pockets, they noticed a small plastic bag of white powder, later identified as cocaine, fall to the ground.

Phoenix police later arrived at the scene were able to match vehicle parts at the scene of the hit-and-run to the Ford.

Molina was taken to Maricopa County Jail and later identified by an off-duty police officer as the driver of the vehicle that left the fatal scene.

Molina was booked into jail on one count of felony drug possession the week of the collision. On Monday, the Phoenix detectives said they had developed probable cause to charge Molina with the additional felony charges.

Molina told investigators he was in the U.S. illegally, according to his initial court paperwork.

The investigation continues.

The Arizona Department of Occupational Safety and Health said in a statement on Tuesday, "At this time ADOSH is evaluating whether or not to open an investigation."

Raetz, 29, was assigned to the 81K squad in the Maryvale Precinct. He was an Iraqi war veteran. He leaves behind a wife and young child.

People wishing to help the family can make online donations at the 100 Club of Arizona.

Raetz died hours after Phoenix Firefighter Bradley Harper was killed while battling a mulch fire near Lower Buckeye Road and 35th Avenue.

[Related: Vehicle that struck, killed Phoenix officer found]

Click here to donate to the 100 Club's Survivor Fund in memory of Harper and Raetz.

Stay with cbs5az.com for updates on this developing story.

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