Fund set up for family of slain Flagstaff officer

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Posted: Dec 29, 2014 8:18 PM
Fund set up for family of slain Flagstaff officer

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An account has been set up to help the family of an Arizona police officer who was shot and killed by a domestic violence suspect over the weekend.

A Flagstaff police spokeswoman, Sgt. Margaret Bentzen, says Officer Tyler Stewart is survived by his parents, three sisters and a girlfriend. People can donate to the Tyler Stewart Memorial account at Wells Fargo bank to help the family with expenses.

The 24-year-old officer was shot Saturday afternoon while speaking with a suspect in an earlier domestic violence report. Police say Stewart asked 28-year-old Robert Smith if he could check him for weapons. That's when Smith pulled a handgun and shot Stewart several times.

Smith then walked away and fatally shot himself.

Services for Stewart are set for Friday at a Flagstaff church.