Officer Tyler Stewart was on a domestic violence call at the end of December, in Flagstaff. His body camera recorded a conversation outside the home of 28-year-old suspect Robert Smith.
When the officer moves to pat down the suspect, he quickly pulls a gun from coat pocket. The conversation between the two of them was very calm the entire time before the deadly confrontation.
Stewart, a rookie with the department, asked to pat down Smith, and that’s when Smith pulled out a gun.
The Arizona Republic reported that:
When Stewart reached for Smith’s jacket pocket, Smith turned, pulled out a .22 caliber revolver and quickly fired six shots, records show. Five bullets hit Stewart, including four in the head. The sixth bullet entered Smith’s home, ricocheted off the refrigerator and a wall before it ended up lodged in the kitchen tile.
Audio from Stewart’s body camera recorded a seventh shot about 10 seconds later, records show. Investigators found a .40 caliber casing — the same brand and caliber of ammunition used by Flagstaff police — near Smith’s body.
Smith turned the gun on himself and was found dead by responding officers.
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Read more on the AZCentral.com.