White Mountain Apache Tribal Police Department, Tribal Police
End of Watch Friday, June 3, 2022
Officer Adrian Lopez was shot and killed during a traffic stop on East Fork Road in Whiteriver, Arizona, at about 7:10 pm.
An altercation occurred between Officer Lopez and the driver during which Officer Lopez was fatally shot. The subject then stole Officer Lopez’s patrol vehicle and fled the scene with other White Mountain Apache Police in pursuit. The pursuit traveled almost 40 miles before officers and the subject exchanged shots near Hawley Lake, during which another officer was wounded and the subject was killed.
Officer Lopez had served with the White Mountain Apache Tribal Police Department for five months and had previously served with the Wind River Police Department in Wyoming. He is survived by one child. He was 35-years-old