Hero Down: White Mountain Apache PD Officer David Kellywood Murdered By Gunman
Fort Apache Indian Reservation, AZ - White Mountain Apache Police Department (WMAPD) Officer David Kellywood was fatally shot in the line of duty early Monday morning.
The incident occurred on State Route 73 near State Route 260 as Officer Kellywood was responding to a report of a domestic disturbance, the White Mountain Independent reported.
According to the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO), the WMAPD received a report of gunfire in the area of the Hon-Dah Resort Casino just before 1 a.m., KTVK reported.
Officer Kellywood was first on scene and made contact with the suspect.
"The subject immediately engaged in a violent, physical altercation with the officer, during which, the officer was shot," the NCSO said, according to KTVK. "A second responding officer arrived shortly after, and fearing for his life and the public’s safety, shot the suspect."
Witnesses reported hearing screaming and approximately six gunshots, according to the White Mountain Independent.
Officer Kellywood and the suspect were both transported to Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is handling the ongoing investigation, KTVK reported.
"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,” DPS Colonel Frank Milstead said, according to KTVK. “The dangers of police work is ever present as we protect all from the wicked and evil."
In a Facebook post, Councilman Jerold Altaha described Officer Kellywood as “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,” Altaha wrote. “God bless the family of our fallen hero.”
Officer Kellywood was among the department’s youngest officers, the White Mountain Independent reported.
He leaves behind his wife, Kamellia, and his two children, according to various social media posts.
“My husband died doing what he loved,” Kamellia Kellywood wrote in a Facebook post early Monday morning. “My heart is so broken.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of White Mountain Apache Police Department Officer David Kellywood, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Officer David Kellywood, your life mattered.