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Arizona mourns White Mountain Apache police officer who was killed in shooting

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12 News' Ron Rosendale captured a photo of some flowers near the scene of the shooting that killed White Mountain Apache Police Department Officer David Kellywood.

FORT APACHE, Ariz. (KPNX) - An officer with the White Mountain Apache Police Department was killed in the line of duty early Monday morning, according to multiple sources. 

Councilman Jerold Altaha identified the deceased officer as David Kellywood, calling him "a fine officer and genuine man of character."

My sincere condolences to the White Mountain Apache Police Department and to the family of Officer David Kellywood, EOW...

Posted by Jerold Altaha, District II Council on Monday, February 17, 2020

The Navajo County Sheriff's Office said in a press release that an officer was shot and killed by a suspect while responding to a "shots fired" call near the Hon-Dah Resort Casino on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. 

The officer was not immediately identified by the department. 

The department said officers from the White Mountain Apache Police Department responded to the call just before 1 a.m.

The first responding officer found the suspect, who "immediately engaged in a violent, physical altercation with the officer."

The officer was shot during that altercation, authorities said. 

A second officer arrived shortly after and shot the suspect. 

Both the officer and the suspect were taken to a local hospital, where they both died of their injuries. 

"The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office would like to express our deepest sympathy for the loss of the White Mountain Apache Police Officer who lost his life serving his community today," part of the press release said. 

The investigation is being led by the FBI. 

The FBI said in a statement that there were no outstanding suspects in the shooting. 

Law enforcement across Arizona expressed their condolences on social media. 

In the wake of the tragic incident the men and women of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department would like to extend our...

Posted by Pima County Sheriff's Department on Monday, February 17, 2020

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