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Flagstaff, Arizona Officer Tyler Jacob Stewart Killed by Domestic Violence Suspect


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Authorities in Flagstaff say one of their officers has died and another man is dead after a shooting in a residential neighborhood in the city.

Flagstaff police Sgt. Margaret Bentzen said Officer Tyler Jacob Stewart, 24, was taken to Flagstaff Medical Center in critical condition Saturday after being shot in the face. (story continues below video)

Stewart’s death was announced by Flagstaff police just before 6 p.m.

Bentzen says officers were searching shortly after 1 p.m. for a male suspect in a domestic violence incident that had occurred earlier in the day.

Bentzen said Stewart is believed to have made contact with the suspect, later identified as Robert Smith, 28, of Prescott, when the shooting happened.

Preliminary information indicated Smith shot at the officer multiple times and then shot himself, according to police.

Bentzen says the investigation is still going on and could not release further details.

Stewart had been with the department less than one year. He graduated from Boulder Creek High School in Anthem and Concordia College in California.

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