Flagstaff officer killed on duty laid to rest

The family of fallen officer Tyler Stewart follows his coffin into Christ's Church of Flagstaff, Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 in Flagstaff, Ariz. Hundreds gathered Friday for a funeral service honoring Stewart, a Flagstaff police officer fatally shot by a domestic violence suspect. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Patrick Breen)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Hundreds gathered Friday for a funeral service honoring a Flagstaff police officer who was killed by a domestic violence suspect.

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Friends and family of Tyler Jacob Stewart recalled his sense of humor, infectious smile and fun-loving nature. Others lined the procession route to Christ’s Church in Flagstaff.

The 24-year-old officer was shot Saturday afternoon while speaking with a suspect in a domestic violence report.

According to police, Stewart asked 28-year-old Robert Smith if he could check him for weapons. That’s when Smith pulled a handgun and shot Stewart several times.

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Smith then walked away and fatally shot himself.

Stewart is the second Flagstaff Police Department officer ever to be killed in the line of duty.

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