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.

[WATCH: Mother says her son shot and killed White Mountain Apache  Police Officer David Kellywood]

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.

[ORIGINAL STORY: White Mountain Apache Police Officer David Kellywood shot, killed Monday morning]

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.

[RELATED: Northern Arizona community mourns slain Officer David Kellywood's death]

“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.

[PHOTOS: First responders pay respects to fallen officer David Kellywood]

“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.”

[RELATED: Procession held for fallen White Mountain Apache Police Officer David Kellywood]

The FBI continues to investigate the officer-involved shooting.

 

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