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A White Mountain Apache Police Officer Is Killed, And Another Is Injured, After Separate Altercations With A Suspect Thursday Night

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A tribal officer is dead and another one is injured after a shooting with a suspect in the White Mountains last night. The incident happened just after 7 p.m. in Whiteriver, just south of Pinetop-Lakeside. It was then where a White Mountain Apache officer was making a traffic stop on East Fork Road when an altercation between he and the driver started. Officials says it was during the struggle where the officer, 35-year-old Adrian Lopez Senior, was fatally shot. Lopez had only been with tribal police since January. The suspect then took the officer’s patrol vehicle and left the scene with police in pursuit. During the chase there was a “rolling gun battle” between the suspect and the other officers. The pursuit ended in the Hawley Lake area, where the suspect and officers exchanged gunfire. Twenty-nine-year-old Sergeant Lonnie Thompson was shot and the suspect was killed. Thompson was flown to a Phoenix area hospital for treatment for non-life threatening injuries. The FBI is handling the investigation.