CRIME
12/27/2014 08:57 pm ET Updated Dec 28, 2014

Flagstaff Police Officer, Suspect Dead After Shooting

A 24-year-old Flagstaff, Arizona rookie police officer was killed after being shot by a suspect in a domestic violence investigation on Saturday, the department said.

The suspect died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said.

Officer Tyler Jacob Stewart was shot in the face while following up on a domestic violence case at around 1:30 p.m. MT in the area of 800 block of West Clay Avenue, when the suspect came out of a house and began shooting. It appeared as if the suspect shot at the Officer Stewart multiple times before he turned the gun on himself, Sgt. Margaret Bentzen said.

Stewart, who was in his police car as the suspect emerged, was taken to Flagstaff Medical Center in critical condition after being hit by gunfire, but later died of his injuries, Bentzen told KNXV.

The suspect, identified by police as 28-year-old Robert W. Smith, was wanted for questioning in a domestic violence investigation, KSAZ reported.

Stewart had been with the department less than a year, the department told CBS News. Offering condolences to the family of Stewart, Flagstaff Police Chief Kevin Treadway said, "This is an enormous tragedy for our department and the family of our office."

The Flagstaff Police Department's spokesperson had not yet replied to inquiries from the Huffington Post.

The killing of Officer Stewart occurred hours after thousands gathered in New York City for the funeral of NYPD Police Officer Rafael Ramos, one of two NYPD officers shot and killed in an ambush last Saturday.

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