1 dead, 2 injured in Arizona casino shooting

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Posted on August 2, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 5 at 11:40 AM

PINETOP, Ariz. (AP) -- A gunman who wounded two people outside a northern Arizona casino was shot and killed by police, authorities said Sunday.

The incident started when the alleged shooter got into an argument with his wife Saturday night in the parking lot of the Hon-Dah Resort Casino near Pinetop, according to White Mountain Apache Police Chief Travis Tessay Sr. During the argument, the suspect retrieved a rifle from a rear compartment of his sedan, Tessay said. The wife and a child who was with the couple ran into the casino.

Tessay said a casino security guard went outside to investigate and the gunman pointed his rifle at him. The guard headed back into the building but was shot twice. A casino patron who was nearby was also hurt but that person's injuries were likely from bullet or glass fragments, Tessay said.

The casino and hotel were put on lockdown with several surrounding roads closed to traffic by police.

"A lot of people were in the area. It's just fortunate the gunman didn't go inside the building or fire at any other people," Tessay said.

Tessay said by the time an officer arrived, the suspect was standing at the entrance of the parking lot along State Route 73. He allegedly pointed his rifle at passing cars and people.

A White Mountain Apache officer and an off-duty Pinetop-Lakeside officer got within 40 yards of the gunman and commanded him to put down his weapon. The suspect ignored the commands and appeared to point his weapon at them and other police units, Tessay said. Both officers opened fire and the suspect was hit. Tessay said it has not been confirmed which officer's gun killed the suspect.

The shooter died before reaching a hospital.

The guard, who was hit in the arm, was flown to a Phoenix hospital. But he had no major internal damage and was released Sunday, Tessay said.

FBI spokesman Perryn Collier said Sunday the agency and the Bureau of Indian Affairs were jointly investigating the shooting. Collier declined to release more details.

According to Tessay, police received a report a month ago that the suspect had pointed a gun at his wife but responding officers were not able to make contact with him.

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PINETOP, Ariz. (AP) -- Police say they shot and killed a gunman who wounded two people outside a northern Arizona casino.

White Mountain Apache Police Chief Travis Tessay Sr. says the alleged shooter got into an argument with his wife around 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Hon-Dah Casino in Pinetop.

Tessay says the suspect retrieved a rifle, leading his wife and a child to run into the casino.

According to Tessay, the suspect shot a security guard who went outside to investigate.

The guard was flown to a Phoenix hospital and released Sunday. Tessay says a customer was also injured - possibly from bullet or glass fragments.

Tessay says the suspect ignored commands to put down the rifle and was shot by an officer.

He died before reaching a hospital.

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PINETOP, Ariz. -- Law enforcement officials are investigating a shooting at the Hon-Dah Resort, Casino, and Conference Center.

It happened Saturday evening.

The FBI and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) are conducting a joint investigation, according to an email sent Sunday morning by Special Agent Perryn T. Collier with the Phoenix Division of the FBI.

The investigation is still ongoing.

Agent Collier said no further details will be released at this time.

WMICentral.com: Breaking News: Shooting at Hon-Dah Casino

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PINETOP, Ariz. -- An incident at the Hon-Dah Resort, Casino, and Conference Center has led to a lockdown of the facility.

Officials have not released any details about the situation.

WMICentral.com: Breaking News: Shooting at Hon-Dah Casino

More information as it becomes available

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