White Mountain Apache officer killed, another hurt after traffic stop

A White Mountain Apache police officer shot and killed during a traffic stop on tribal land Thursday evening was identified by authorities on Friday as 35-year-old Adrian Lopez Sr. 

The shooting marked the state’s first line of duty death so far this year. 

Another White Mountain Apache police officer was injured during a “gunbattle” with the suspect soon after the traffic stop. He was identified as 29-year-old Lonnie Thompson. He remained hospitalized in the Phoenix area with injuries that were not life-threatening as of Friday afternoon.

The suspect, 25-year-old Kevin Dwight Nashio, was killed during the shootout, officials said. He lived in Whiteriver and was known to the Police Department, but officials on Friday declined to elaborate.

The shooting was being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Meanwhile, tribal officials were working with the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office to provide updates to the public about the shooting.