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Flagstaff police officer shot by suspect dies

FLAGSTAFF, AZ – A Flagstaff police officer has died after he was shot by a suspect Saturday afternoon.

Flagstaff police said 24-year-old Tyler Jacob Stewart was following up on a domestic violence investigation from earlier in the day and went to a home on West Clay Avenue around 1:30 p.m.

Police said a man came out of the house and began shooting, hitting the officer in the face. They said the suspect shot at the officer multiple times.

When additional officers arrived, they found the suspect dead of a gunshot wound and the officer wounded.

Stewart was taken to Flagstaff Medical Center in critical condition where he later died.

Police said the suspect, identified as 28-year-old Robert W. Smith of Prescott, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Stewart had been with the Flagstaff Police Department for less than a year, police said.

The officer 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,” stated Chief Kevin Treadway.

The incident is currently under investigation with the assistance of the Northern Arizona multi-agency shooting team.

ABC 15 By: Deborah Stocks