Fort Apache Indian Reservation, Arizona – According to breaking news reports, a White Mountain Apache Police Department officer was gunned down earlier today.
The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office revealed the news on behalf of the WMAPD. Jerold Altaha, a District II Councilmember, told media outlets the officer we lost is David Kellywood.
Today marks the eleventh officer involved shooting within the state of Arizona for 2020.
According to the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office, officers from the WMAPD had received a report of gunshots around the Hon-Dah Resort Casino shortly before 1:00 a.m., where two officers eventually arrived at the scene of the reported gunfire.
The first officer on the scene, presumably Officer Kellywood, had made initial contact with the suspect described in the gunfire call. According to the NCSO’s news release, the following transpired:
“The subject immediately engaged in a violent, physical altercation with the officer, during which, the officer was shot. A second responding officer arrived shortly after, and fearing for his life and the public’s safety, shot the suspect.”
The suspect as well as Officer Kellywood were transported to a nearby hospital, where both died as a result of their injuries.
No other information has been divulged at this time, and the NCSO stated that the FBI is handling the investigation at this point.
Arizona Department of Public Safety Col. Frank Milstead extended his condolences at the loss of Officer Kellywood with the following statement:
“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 chimed in online, extending their prayers for the fallen officer:
“Our deepest condolences to the family, friends and fellow law enforcement employees at the White River Police Department (White Mountain Apache Tribe) who experienced the death of Police Officer David Kellywood early this morning while in the line of duty.
Officer Kellywood leaves behind a wife and two children. Rest In Peace sir, thank you for your service.”
Heartfelt sentiments and sympathies were also extended from the Heber-Overgaard Fire District, as well as the Buckeye Police Department.
The Buckeye Police Department sends its deepest condolences to our brothers and sisters of the White Mountain Apache Police Department and the family of Ofc. David Kellywood. He was killed in the line of duty this morning. Our hearts are broken. pic.twitter.com/Xi96wOiFzU
— Buckeye Police Dept (@BuckeyeAZPD) February 17, 2020
Jerold Altaha, who was one of the first to reveal the identity of the fallen officer, had the following words to say about Officer Kellywood:
“My sincere condolences to the White Mountain Apache Police Department and to the family of Officer David Kellywood, EOW February 17, 2020.
David was a fine officer and genuine man of character. His loyalty and devotion to the public safety of the Fort Apache Indian Reservation will always be remembered.”
Our hearts and prayers go out to the friends and family of this fallen officer. Many take for granted of never having to seriously address the concept that one day they might not make it back from work.
These brave men and women address that possibility every time they suit up for their shift, and it’s with heavy hearts that we acknowledge that we often lose the best of our society by the actions of our worst.
Also overnight in Ferguson, Missouri, a Calvert City police officer, working an off-duty security job at Walmart in Ferguson, Missouri, was shot multiple times when he confronted a suspected shoplifter.
— 🌐FNR- FRUM NEWS REPORT🌐 (@FrumNewsReport) February 17, 2020
The gunman is still on the run.
St. Louis County Police Department Spokesman Ben Granda said the officer was working as a security guard while in full uniform at the Walmart on West Florissant when he spotted a shoplifter at around 7:15.
🇺🇸 — DEVELOPING: Officer Shot At The Walmart In Ferguson, Missouri. Officers Seen Escorting An Ambulance To The Hospital. Massive Response On Scene.
— ®️BELAAZ (@TheBelaaz) February 17, 2020
Granda said the officer confronted the suspect at the exit of the store. That’s when the suspect pulled out a gun and shot the officer multiple times.
5 years ago Michael Brown was murdered by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Michael was unarmed yet he was shot 6 times. I stand with activists and organizers who continue the fight for justice for Michael. We must confront systemic racism and police violence head on.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 9, 2019
Let’s be clear: Elizabeth Warren is lying here. Michael Brown was not “murdered by a white police officer.” His death was investigated by both federal & local authorities. It was ruled a justifiable shooting. Conclusively. Elizabeth Warren knows this. Shame on her. https://t.co/qTMaLM1kWm
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) August 10, 2019
US News reported that Michael Brown Sr. says that on the anniversary of his son’s death, he would speak at a news conference in Clayton and urge St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell to reopen the case.
It was revealed that Brown, who was 18 at the time, had recently been involved in a strong-armed robbery when confronted by Officer Darren Wilson. Brown eventually battered Wilson to the point the officer discharged his weapon in order to spare himself from great bodily injury or worse.
Officer Wilson was cleared of wrongdoing, yet resigned in November 2014 when he was made into a scapegoat by the public.
The shooting caused the nation to explode into controversy over police and the “killing of unarmed black men” narrative and the slogan “Hands Up. Don’t shoot!”
Violent riots broke out, tearing through the city. And they came in waves. The first of those waves wave of ‘unrest’ stemming from the shooting went on from August 9, 2014 – August 25, 2014. The second wave came after Officer Wilson was not indicted and lasted from November 24, 2014 – December 2, 2014. A third wave came August 9, 2015 – August 11, 2015 on the anniversary of Brown’s death. And more may come.
Michael Brown Sr. and Lezley McSpadden sued the city, former Police Chief Tom Jackson and Wilson in 2015. They cited a police culture hostile to black residents and claimed Wilson used excessive force.
Approximately three years after Brown’s death, his family received a settlement in that lawsuit.
In 2017, the city attorney in Ferguson, Missouri, says the city’s insurance company paid $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of Michael Brown.
The settlement of the federal lawsuit was originally announced that the figure was “in excess of $75,000.”
Turns out it was a lot higher. It’s unclear whether officials will be willing to give the closed case another look.
Barring new developments or evidence, it should be unlikely that it will be reopened.
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