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Body of slain officer arrives at Pima County Medical Examiner

Posted at 10:33 AM, Feb 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-18 19:38:52-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — The body of a tribal law enforcement officer from Navajo County is arrived at the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office Tuesday morning.

White Mountain Apache Tribe officer David Kellywood was killed while responding to a shots fired call near a casino in Pinetop at around 1 a.m.

Police say Officer Kellywood was the first to arrive on scene when he found the suspect, who immediately engaged in a physical altercation. That's when Kellywood was shot. Another officer arrived shortly thereafter and fatally shot the suspect.

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Officials said Officer Kellywood graduated from the academy in May 2019 and had been on the job for about nine months. He was 26 years old and leaves behind a wife and two young children.

EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported Officer Kellywood was killed while responding to a domestic violence call. The error has been corrected.