FORT APACHE INDIAN RESERVATION (3TV/CBS 5) -- A White Mountain Apache Police Department officer was killed early Monday morning.
Releasing information on behalf of the White Mountain Apache Tribe and Governing Body, the Navajo County Sheriff's Office said the White Mountain Apache Police Department received a report of gunfire near the Hon-Dah Resort Casino shortly before 1 a.m. The first officer on the scene found the man described in that call.
"The subject immediately engaged in a violent, physical altercation with the officer, during which, the officer was shot," NCSO said in news release. "A second responding officer arrived shortly after, and fearing for his life and the public’s safety, shot the suspect."
Both the officer and suspect were taken to the hospital where they died of their injuries. During an afternoon news conference, NCSO identified the officer as David Kellywood.
Gov. Doug Ducey ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset tomorrow in honor of officer David Kellywood. "Arizona mourns the death of Officer David Kellywood of the White Mountain Apache Police Department,” said Governor Ducey. “This heartbreaking loss is another reminder of the danger our law enforcement officers face every day to keep others safe. Our prayers are with Officer Kellywood’s wife, children and loved ones as well as the White Mountain Apache Tribe. In honor of Officer Kellywood’s life and service, I am ordering flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff.”
Blue Ridge Unified School District released a statement in memoriam of Kellywood, who was a 2012 Blue Ridge High School graduate. “Officer David Kellywood of the White Mountain Apache Police Department, was killed in the line of duty at Hondah today, Monday, February 17, 2020. David was a great role model for our local kids. He was a student athlete, playing basketball for Blue Ridge, and a great family man who leaves behind his loving wife and two sons. We thank Officer Kellywood for being a great role model to our youth, and for his service and commitment to our community - he will be missed.”
Arizona Department of Public Safety Col. Frank Milstead shared his thoughts and prayers with the White River Police Department. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the women and men of the White River Police Department. As they deal with the shooting death of Officer David Kellywood. The dangers of police work is ever present as we protect all from the wicked and evil."
The Winslow Police Department and the Heber-Overgaard Fire District have shared their condolences with the Kellywood family and the entire police department. The Buckeye Police Department, Surprise Police Department, and Gilbert Police Department, Tempe Police Department, Goodyear Police Department, Chandler Police Department, Mesa Police Department, and Maricopa Police Department also tweeted out their condolences to the White Apache Mountain Police Department and family of Officer Kellywood.
This is the 11th officer-involved shooting in Arizona this year. Seven of those have been in Maricopa County. The remaining four happened in Sedona, Tucson, Yuma, and east of Pinetop-Lakeside.