Officer Sanders was shot and killed while he and his partner were on an undercover assignment. Officer Sanders was sitting in a vehicle with another undercover officer when a subject pulled up next to them. The subject recognized the other officer as a police officer and began to flee. The other officer chased the suspect as Officer Sanders subdued the passenger in the suspect's vehicle.
After subduing the passenger Officer Sanders went to assist the other officer, who had chased the suspect into an apartment. As he entered the apartment he was caught in the crossfire of a shootout between the suspect and other officer. The other officer was shot several times, but survived. Officer Sanders was shot and mortally wounded.
The suspect turned himself in several days later and was sentenced to death for Officer Sander's murder.
Officer Sanders is survived by his wife.