OFC. TENNY GATEWOOD JR. (P-22)
September 11 1961- December 9, 1999
Tenny Gatewood Jr., 38, of Hon Dah, was killed Thursday December 9, 1999 while patrolling in a remote, wooded area of the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Authorities charged a father and son in connection with the murder of Officer Gatewood.
Tenny Gatewood Jr. (P22) was the first White Mountain Apache Police Officer killed in the line of duty. He was married and had four children.
Officer Gatewood, a 9-year veteran of the department, stopped a
vehicle that matched the description of one used in an alleged beer burglary at the Hawley Lake convenience store.
Gatewood struggled with the two suspects and was shot in the head with his own duty handgun. The suspects, who fled on foot, were arrested after a helicopter spotted two separate campfires a couple of miles from the shooting scene.
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