A Flagstaff police officer has been killed in the line of duty.  Police say 24-year-old Officer Tyler Jacob Stewart was following up on domestic violence call early Saturday afternoon in Flagstaff when 28-year-old Robert W. Smith  rushed from the house and fired off several shots, hitting the officer in the face.

After additional officers arrived on scene, Smith was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and Stewart critically injured.  Stewart was transferred to Flagstaff medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries.

Stewart, who graduated from Boulder Creek High School in Anthem and Concordia College in California, had been on the force for less than a year.

Police Chief Kevin Treadway released a statement, “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.

An investigation into the incident is underway with the assistance of the Northern Arizona multi-agency shooting team.

Kris Dugan