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A Flagstaff police officer has been killed in the line of duty.

Ofc. Tyler Jacob Stewart, 24, was pronounced dead at Flagstaff Medical Center Saturday afternoon after being shot in the Plaza Vieja neighborhood in a confrontation with a domestic violence suspect.

The shooting happened around 1:30 p.m. in the 800 block of West Clay Avenue. Sgt. Margaret Bentzen of the Flagstaff Police Department said Stewart was attempting to contact a person of interest in a domestic violence incident that was reported earlier in the day. The officer and the suspect exchanged gunfire.

The officer was shot in the face and was taken to the hospital. He died a short time later.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. The name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, Bentzen said.

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2:29 p.m.: A Flagstaff police officer is in critical condition and another person is dead following a shooting in Plaza Vieja this afternoon.

The names of the officer and the person killed have not been released at this time.

The shooting happened at about 1:30 p.m. on the 800 block of Clay Avenue, said Sgt. Margaret Bentzen of the Flagstaff Police Department. A rookie officer exchanged gunfire with a suspect in a domestic violence incident that was reported earlier in the day. The officer was shot in the face and was taken to Flagstaff Medical Center. The officer is listed in critical condition.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. The name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, Bentzen said.

The area has been cordoned off to traffic while police conduct the investigation into the shooting. The family of the officer is at the hospital.

Bentzen asked that residents offer prayers to the officer and the officer's family.

More details as they become available.

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Reach the reporter at mmcmanimon@azdailysun.com or 556-2261.

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