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Arizona police officer murdered after routine traffic stop

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An Arizona police officer is dead after a suspect fatally shot him during a routine traffic stop.

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According to a Friday report from the Daily Caller, White Mountain Apache Police Officer Adrian Lopez, 35, was in the process of pulling over a vehicle in Whiteriver when an altercation took place between the officer and the suspect, who was later identified as 25-year-old Kevin Dwight Nashio of Whiteriver.

In a statement, the Navajo County Sheriff's Office said that during the altercation, the officer was fatally shot.

"The suspect took the officer's police vehicle and fled the scene," the statement continued. Responding officers then were said to chase the suspect to "very remote areas of the Fort Apache Indian Reservation to the Hawley Lake area" where officers cornered him and a gunfight ensued.

During the crossfire, a second officer — identified as 29-year-old Sergeant Lonnie Thompson — was shot, and the suspect was fatally wounded. The officer was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

In a statement on the disturbing incident, Sheriff David Clouse said, "The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office would like to express our deepest sympathy for the loss of the White Mountain Apache Police Officer and the Officer that was injured serving their community today.

In a statement, the White Mountain Apache Tribe said, "The Tribe is indebted to our Police Department and EMS for their prompt and courageous response, and grateful for the assistance rendered by our neighboring jurisdictions. Our prayers, tonight, are with the families of those officers involved, and with all of our first responders."

ABC News reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is set to lead the investigation into the shootings.

FBI spokesman Kevin Smith told ABC News that no additional information about the shootings was immediately available at the time of publication.

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