Cop unexpectedly killed after calm encounter with suspect

Cop unexpectedly killed after calm encounter with suspect
Published: 2015 January 15 13:50:44 (6812 Views)
A calm encounter between an Arizona officer and a domestic violence suspect quickly and unexpectedly turned deadly for the cop last.

Officer Tyler Stewart's department-issued recording device starts with Stewart in his patrol vehicle and ends with a gun pointed at him.

The footage released does not show the actual shooting.



At around 1.30pm December 27, Officer Stewart pulled over in an alley near Clay Avenue after getting a call about a domestic incident.

Robert Smith's girlfriend called 911 earlier that morning claiming that the 28-year-old trashed her apartment during an argument over dirty dishes, reported AZ Central.

Stewart and Robert Smith chat calmly outside Smith's Flagstaff home December 27 for about three minutes. Smith had his hands in his pockets most of the time.



Moments after the officer asked if he could check Smith for weapons, Smith pulled a .22-caliber revolver from his right pocket and fired six shots at Stewart, five of which hit the 24-year-old officer: four in the head and one in the lower back.

Police said Smith, 28, killed himself almost immediately with Stewart's service weapon and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The officer who had been with the Flagstaff Police Department less than a year later died at a hospital.

The video shows that before parting ways, Officer Stewart again asks Smith about the contents of his pockets. The man replies that he's carrying his 'smokes' inside his jacket.

But when Stewart tries to reach into Smith's pocket, the 28-year-old pulls out a gun and points it at the cop, who instinctively tries to shield himself with his hand.

One of Smith's roommates told police that Smith had been contemplating suicide, according to police reports. Bentzen said police have not determined a motive.

'Officer Stewart was murdered by Smith without any provocation or warning,' she said. 'There were no homicidal or suicidal indications from Smith prior to the crime.'



Source - Dailymail

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