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WHITERIVER, Ariz. — A tribal police officer was fatally shot during a traffic stop at a Native American reservation in Arizona by a suspect who stole the officer’s car and entered a shootout in which another officer was injured, officials said Friday. The suspect was killed.
The events unfolded Thursday evening at the Fort Apache Indian Reservation of the White Mountain Apache Tribe in eastern Arizona when the officer stopped the vehicle being driven by the suspect in the town of Whiteriver, the office said. from the Navajo County Sheriff in a statement released on behalf of the tribe.
After the officer was shot and killed during an altercation, the suspect took the slain officer’s police vehicle and was chased by other officers, the statement said. This led to what authorities described as a “shootout” near a lake near a remote area of the reserve.
The other officer was injured in the exchange of fire and the suspect was fatally shot, the statement said.
The injured officer was airlifted to a hospital in Phoenix and no information was immediately released on the officer’s condition.
The officers and suspect have not been identified and the release from the sheriff’s office says the FBI will investigate the shooting.
FBI spokesman Kevin Smith said no additional information about the shooting was immediately available.
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