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Tribal officer, suspect killed in eastern Arizona shooting

White Mountain Apache Tribe police officer David Kellywood, 26, was killed early Monday morning during a confrontation with a suspect outside a casino in the Pinetop-Lakeside area, which is about three hours northeast of Phoenix. (Courtesy Dawnafe Whitesinger Navajo County Supervisor District 5)

White Mountain Apache Tribe police officer David Kellywood, 26, was killed early Monday morning during a confrontation with a suspect outside a casino in the Pinetop-Lakeside area, which is about three hours northeast of Phoenix. (Courtesy Dawnafe Whitesinger Navajo County Supervisor District 5)

PINETOP-LAKESIDE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities say a tribal police officer and a suspect were killed Monday in eastern Arizona after the officer responded to reports of gunfire near a casino.

The Navajo County Sheriff's Office says in a news release that the White Mountain Apache Tribe officer was called to the area near the tribe's Hon-Dah Resort-Casino south of Pinetop-Lakeside and located a suspect.

The officer and the suspect engaged in what was described as a "violent" physical altercation and the officer was shot. A second officer then arrived and shot the male suspect.

The suspect and the officer were taken to a hospital where both died. The officer was identified by a tribal councilman as David Kellywood, 26.

"David was a fine officer and genuine man of character," Councilman Jerold Altaha wrote in a Facebook post. "His loyalty and devotion to the public safety of the Fort Apache Indian Reservation will always be remembered."

Gov Doug Ducey ordered flags lowered to half-staff Tuesday to honor Kellywood, who joined the department nine months ago and was a member of the tribe.

The sheriff's office said the FBI was leading the investigation into the shooting. Pinetop-Lakeside is about 180 miles east of Phoenix.

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