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Two Dead, Including Tribal Police Officer, in Gila River Indian Community Shooting

A tribal police officer and a civilian were killed in a shooting at the Gila River Indian Community, near Phoenix, Arizona, in the early morning of June 1. Tribal police are working with the Federal Bureau of Investigations to better understand what happened, according to a statement from the Gila River Police Department.

At 2 am on Saturday morning, Gila River tribal police officers responded to an incident at a home in Santan, District 4 in the Gila River Indian community. There was a large crowd of people, and multiple gunshots were fired, according to the Gila River Police Department. According to the tribal governor, the gathering was a community dance.

Six people were shot during the incident, including two police officers. One of the officers, Joshua Briese, died at the hospital as a result of his injuries, according to police. Briese has been with the department for less than a year and was still in field training.


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