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Arizona Officer Shot, Killed by Domestic Violence Suspect

December 28, 2014  | 

A Flagstaff, Ariz, police officer died after he was shot by a suspect Saturday afternoon.

Flagstaff police told ABC15 24-year-old Tyler Jacob Stewart was following up on a domestic violence investigation from earlier in the day and went to a home on West Clay Avenue around 1:30 p.m.

Police said the call involved the suspect and his girlfriend.

Police said the suspect and the officer were talking outside the home when the suspect pulled out a gun. They said the suspect shot at the officer multiple times, striking him in the face.

Police said Stewart was shot at close range. They did not say whether Stewart had a chance to get to his own weapon.

Police said the suspect, identified as 28-year-old Robert W. Smith of Prescott, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. They said after shooting the officer, Smith walked away away and shot himself.

Comments (5)

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Ima Leprechaun @ 12/29/2014 2:05 PM

I cannot imagine why this was a one Officer call. Domestic calls are the most unpredictable and violent calls for any Officer to respond to even as a follow up call. Officer Stewart's department failed him miserably.

Ima Leprechaun @ 12/29/2014 2:06 PM

RIP Officer Stewart.

Fred culpepper @ 12/29/2014 5:54 PM

God be with the officers family.

krisnlc @ 12/30/2014 7:36 AM

RIP officer Stewart. At least the PERP. killed himself, saving the taxpayers money on a lengthy trial.

Henry Johnson @ 12/30/2014 8:18 AM

RIP Officer Stewart. It is sad and my heart goes out for your family, friends, and your department. I have been to too many police funerals, which also included an officer that I have trained.
I cannot see how a reader can make a remark that "Officer Stewart's department failed him miserably." This post only gave said Officer Stewart was following up on a domestic violence investigation. It did not state that a repeat call for service was requested, or the fact if two officers were in fact sent.
I believe the investigation of this death should be completed before these remarks, and "Monday Morning Quarterbacking" begins.
I feel the best comments should be related to the RIP's.

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