White Mountain Tribal Police Officer Kills Shooter at Hon-Dah Resort Casino

white mountain apache tirbal policeWHITE MOUNTAIN APACHE RESERVATION — A domestic dispute turned deadly at the Hon-Dah Resort Casino on the White Mountain Apache Reservation in northern Arizona on Saturday evening.

The deadly incident began about 6:30 p.m. in the Hon-Dah Resort Casino’s parking lot with an argument between a husband and wife. As the argument escalated, the man went to his car and grabbed a rifle. His wife and a child ran inside the casino complex to avoid harm.

A casino security guard went outside to assess the situation and was shot twice by the husband. The shooter has not yet been identified by law enforcement at press time on Monday night.

A casino patron was also injured from bullet or glass fragments, according to White Mountain Apache Police Chief Travis Tessay, Sr.

Both men injured were treated and released by Sunday evening.

hon-dah web logoThe husband remained outside the casino complex for several minutes brandishing his rifle. When tribal police arrived, the man was ordered to drop his weapon. He refused and pointed the rifle at several officers. At least two officers fired at the gunman, who was shot and killed by the police.

Immediately after the shooting began, the casino resort was under lock-down. Casino and resort patrons were not allowed in or out for several hours as police investigated the incident.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs and FBI are continuing to investigate the shooting.

The Hon-Dah Resort Casino is owned by the White Mountain Apache Tribe of Arizona. The tribal chairman was unavailable for comment on Monday evening.



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