Monday, February 17, 2020

White Mountain Apache Tribal Police Officer Killed in Line of Duty Early Monday

By Native News Online Staff - February 17, 2020 at 03:02PM

Officer David Kellywood

Breaking News

FORT APACHE INDIAN RESERVATION — Tragedy struck the Fort Apache Indian Reservation in the early hours Monday morning when a White Mountain Apache police officer was killed while responding to a domestic dispute call after shots were fired near the Hon-Dah Casino and Conference Center in Pinetop, Ariz.

Officer David Kellywood, 26, one of the youngest officers on the White Mountain Apache Police Department, responded to the call just before 1 a.m. Monday morning between the casino and the Hon-Dah RV Park on State Route 73.  Kellywood was the first officer on the scene of the incident. 

According to a press release issued Monday by the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office on behalf of the tribal police and the White Mountain Apache Tribe, the first officer on the scene located the man who fit the description of the individual involved and “the subject immediately engaged in a violent physical altercation with the officer during which the officer was shot.”

A second responding officer shot the suspect. Both Officer Kellywood and the unnamed suspect were taken to Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center six miles away in Show Low, Ariz. for treatment. Both died from their gunshot injuries.

The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office did not release the name of the officer fatally shot, but a White Mountain Apache Tribe tribal council member did so and Arizona media sources have disclosed Officer David Kellywood’s identity.

Officer Kellywood becomes the second White Mountain Tribe Police officer killed in the line of duty. On December 9, 1999, Officer Tenny Gatewood, Jr. was fatally shot while attempting to apprehend burglary suspects on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.

Office Kellywood is survived by his wife and two children.

The investigation on this case will be handled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Phoenix office.

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