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Two people in custody after rookie cop, bystander killed on Arizona reservation

Two people are in custody after a shooting killed a rookie police officer and a bystander at a dance on the Gila River Indian Reservation in Arizona early Saturday, authorities said.

The FBI is investigating how Officer Joshua Briese, who was still undergoing field training, was shot and killed. The office confirmed Sunday that two suspects – an adult and an unidentified juvenile – were both in custody and both receiving medical treatment.

Officer Joshua BrieseGila River Police Department

Another police officer was shot and is in “serious but stable” condition, police said. Four other people were also shot at the ball, police said, one of whom died. The others are being treated in local hospitals but their condition is not known.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to these officers, their families, and everyone affected by this tragic incident,” the FBI said in a statement.

The Gila River and Indian River Community Council said on its Facebook page that it met Saturday to call for a moratorium on dancing.

NBC affiliate KPNX of Phoenix spoke to someone who was at the dance. “It was scary. I was scared when I heard the shots, we all fell to the ground,” said the person who requested anonymity.

Police forces, lawmakers and community groups have all paid tribute to Briese. “Our hearts and prayers go out to these officers, their families, and everyone affected by this tragic incident,” Gila River Police said on Facebook.

Stephen Roe Lewis, governor of the Gila River Indian Community, said in a press release: “I know I speak for our entire community when I say we mourn our fallen and injured police officers and every member of the community affected by such tragic violence. Nothing is more serious than a shortened life.

Briese’s father was Dave Briese, a sheriff’s deputy who died in a car accident in 2006, a post on the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page says.

“Knowing that Dave and Josh are together again, they both left this world to serve their community and do what they loved,” the post read.

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 32 Arizona Trooper said on X that the other officer who was shot was Briese’s field training officer.

News Source : www.nbcnews.com
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