Former Flagstaff police officer killed in Afghanistan

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FLAGSTAFF -- A former Flagstaff police officer serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan has been killed during a military operation.

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Flagstaff man dies fighting overseas - Eric Lindstrom, 27, a soldier from Flagstaff, has died fighting in Afghanistan.

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Staff Sgt. Eric James Lindstrom was a member of the 10th Mountain Division.

His father, Ric Lindstrom, told the Arizona Daily Sun that his 27-year-old son was killed by gunfire. Lindstrom's death hasn't been officially announced by the Department of Defense.

Lindstrom said his son had been stationed at a remote base near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and had been in several firefights in the last few months.

Eric Lindstrom joined the Army at 17 after he graduated from Flagstaff High School in 1999.

After four years in the Army including one tour of duty in Iraq, Lindstrom returned to become a Flagstaff Police Department officer. After four years with the department, he returned to the Army and was subsequently sent to Afghanistan.

Information from: Arizona Daily Sun

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