FORT APACHE INDIAN RESERVATION, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - While the White Mountain Apache community honors a fallen officer, a McNary woman says she’s living a nightmare after learning her son was involved in the deadly confrontation.
Officer David Kellywood was killed early Monday while responding to a shots-fired call outside the Hon-Dah Casino in Pinetop. Officials say the suspect fired at Kellywood, killing him. A second officer arriving on the scene shot and killed the suspect.
Mary Jane Dewey says the suspect was her son, Jeremy Dewey.
“My son, I don’t know what he was going through, what would make him turn into, you know, to do this,” says Mary Jane.
Mary Jane says she doesn’t know why Jeremy would fire at an officer. She says violence would be out-of-character for the 27-year-old.
“You try and raise your children the best that you can,” says Mary Jane. “Being a single parent, it’s hard.”
Through her grief, Mary Jane says, her heart is breaking for the Kellywood family.
“I’m just sincerely sorry that they have to go through this pain,” says Mary Jane. “It’s not a pain that you would wish on anybody.”
The FBI continues to investigate the officer-involved shooting.