Officer, suspect die in Flagstaff shooting

Dec 27, 2014, 6:24 PM | Updated: Dec 29, 2014, 12:53 pm
...

PHOENIX — A Flagstaff, Arizona, officer and one man have died after exchanging gunfire Saturday afternoon.

Flagstaff police said Officer Tyler Jacob Stewart, 24, tried to make contact around 1:30 p.m. in the 800 block of West Clay Avenue with a suspect who was involved in an earlier domestic-violence case.

Police said the suspect, 28-year-old Robert William Smith, and Stewart engaged in a conversation about the alleged domestic events, and at no time did the conversation become confrontational. Stewart then asked to check the suspect for weapons. The suspect then allegedly reached for a gun he had in his pocket and fired multiple times at Stewart from approximately two feet away.

Police said preliminary investigations have indicated Stewart did not have time to return fire. Investigations also show that the suspect continued to fire at Stewart once he was down, then walked away from the immediate area and died of a self-inflicted gun shot.

Police said Smith, a Prescott resident, was pronounced dead at the scene. Stewart was taken to Flagstaff Medical Center in critical condition and later died.

Stewart was less than one year into his job with Flagstaff PD. He graduated from Boulder Creek High School in Anthem and Concordia College in California.

“This is an enormous tragedy for our department and the family of our officer. We are a very close-knit organization, and know that all members of the Flagstaff Police Department are grieving at this time. With that being said, all of the men and women of the Flagstaff Police Department extend our prayers and condolences to the family of our Officer Tyler Stewart,” Chief Kevin Treadway said in a statement from the Flagstaff PD.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer responded to Stewart’s death Saturday evening.

Flagstaff police said they have received “a great deal of outpouring of support” from the community. Stewart’s family and Flagstaff PD will host a candlelight vigil Sunday at 5:30 p.m. near the Officer Down Memorial Statue at the front of the department at 911 E. Sawmill Road.

An account has been established at Wells Fargo on behalf of Stewart’s family. Donations can be made to account number 7764473984.

Saturday’s shooting incident remains under investigation and the Northern Arizona Law Enforcement multi-agency shooting team is assisting with the effort.

The shooting was the second one of a police officer in northern Arizona in the
past three months. In October, a tribal police officer of the Navajo Nation was
shot in the face during a shootout with a male suspect in the town of Kaibeto,
which is 75 miles north of Flagstaff. The officer survived.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey gives his state of the state address at the Arizona Capitol, Mon...
KTAR.com

Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from Aug. 5-7

Here are some of the biggest stories that headlined the Arizona news cycle over the weekend.
22 hours ago
(Valleywise Health photo)...
KTAR.com

Valleywise Health sells former Maryvale Community Health Center

Valleywise Health, represented by Land Advisors Organization’s Healthcare Strategy Team, sold the Maryvale Community Health Center for $1.8M.
22 hours ago
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., arrives for a meeting of the Senate Homeland Security Committee at th...
KTAR.com

Senate approves Biden’s sweeping Inflation Reduction Act

Arizona senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly praised the Senate's approval of a sweeping inflation and climate change bill.
22 hours ago
(Facebook photo / Phoenix Public Library)...
KTAR.com

​​Century Library to temporarily close for maintenance Aug. 22

The Phoenix Public Library Century Branch will close from Monday, Aug. 22 through Sunday, Oct. 2 for maintenance.
22 hours ago
(Clayco photo)...
KTAR.com

Real estate firm Clayco breaks ground on industrial development in Mesa

Real estate development and construction firm Clayco this week broke ground on a four-building flex-industrial development in Mesa.
22 hours ago
(Facebook photo / The Saguaros)...
KTAR.com

Scottsdale 20/30 Club rebrands as ‘The Saguaros,’ donates to Phoenix Children’s

The Scottsdale 20/30 Club, an organization that threw fundraisers to help local children's charities, rebranded in July as the "Saguaros."
22 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Ways to prevent clogged drains and what to do if you’re too late

While there are a variety of ways to prevent clogged drains, it's equally as important to know what to do when you're already too late.
...
Sanderson Ford

Don’t let rising fuel prices stop you from traveling Arizona this summer

There's no better time to get out on the open road and see what the beautiful state of Arizona has to offer. But if the cost of gas is putting a cloud over your summer vacation plans, let Sanderson Ford help with their wide-range selection of electric vehicles.
...
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

Vaccines are safe if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Are you pregnant? Do you have a friend or loved one who’s expecting?
Officer, suspect die in Flagstaff shooting