Flagstaff Police release new details in the shooting death of 24-year-old Officer Tyler Stewart. Sergeant Margaret Bentzen says that the incident started with a call from 28-year-old suspect Robert Smith’s girlfriend.
New Details on Shooting Death of Flagstaff Officer
“According to the suspect’s girlfriend Smith had engaged in an argument with her and left the area. Officer Stewart had been contacted by the suspect and met him at the apartment complex in the 800 block of Clay where he had been staying.” While at the apartment, Officer Stewart told the suspect he was going to pat him down to check for weapons. That’s when he was shot. “The suspect at a range of approximately two feet, reached for a gun he had in his pocket and began firing at Officer Stewart. Preliminary investigations have indicated that Officer Tyler Stewart did not have time to return fire, as the onslaught of rounds from the suspect were immediate and rapidly erupting. After Officer Stewart had sustained wounds and was down, the suspect continued to fire rapidly at Officer Stewart.” Shortly after the shooting, Smith shot himself.