Rookie cop, 24, slain in Arizona

If anyone needed reminding of how dangerous police work can be, and how officers must be prepared to defend themselves at a moment’s notice, the death of Tyler Jacob Stewart provides it.  Fox News reports:

A police officer in Flagstaff, Ariz., was killed Saturday afternoon in a shootout while investigating a domestic violence case, the police said.

The gunman then fatally shot himself, the authorities said.

The officer, Tyler Jacob Stewart, 24, was the first Flagstaff officer to die in the line of duty in 13 years, and only the second fatality in the history of the Flagstaff Police Department, according to the authorities.

Officer Stewart was investigating the case on the west side of Flagstaff when a man opened fire; Officer Stewart was struck several times, the police said.

The gunman, who had contacted Officer Stewart after a domestic violence episode at a different location earlier in the day, then shot himself, the police said. He was identified as Robert W. Smith, 28, of Prescott, Ariz., about 90 miles southwest of Flagstaff.

It is heartbreaking that a young man should lose his life in this way. Cops have told me that domestic altercations are among the most dangerous incidents they face because emotions can run so high, and people can behave irrationally.

If anyone needed reminding of how dangerous police work can be, and how officers must be prepared to defend themselves at a moment’s notice, the death of Tyler Jacob Stewart provides it.  Fox News reports:

A police officer in Flagstaff, Ariz., was killed Saturday afternoon in a shootout while investigating a domestic violence case, the police said.

The gunman then fatally shot himself, the authorities said.

The officer, Tyler Jacob Stewart, 24, was the first Flagstaff officer to die in the line of duty in 13 years, and only the second fatality in the history of the Flagstaff Police Department, according to the authorities.

Officer Stewart was investigating the case on the west side of Flagstaff when a man opened fire; Officer Stewart was struck several times, the police said.

The gunman, who had contacted Officer Stewart after a domestic violence episode at a different location earlier in the day, then shot himself, the police said. He was identified as Robert W. Smith, 28, of Prescott, Ariz., about 90 miles southwest of Flagstaff.

It is heartbreaking that a young man should lose his life in this way. Cops have told me that domestic altercations are among the most dangerous incidents they face because emotions can run so high, and people can behave irrationally.