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Two suspects in custody in shooting involving a Gila River officer

PHOENIX – The FBI announced Sunday that two suspects allegedly involved in the shooting involving a Gila River Indian Community officer have been identified and are in custody.

A Gila River Police Department officer was shot and killed early Saturday as police responded to a violent disturbance. A bystander was also shot and killed, and three other people were shot, including another officer.

One suspect is an adult man, the other a young man, police said. Both suspects are receiving medical care for injuries sustained during the shooting.

The FBI and GRPD continue to gather evidence, conduct interviews and share information.

Once the FBI’s case is completed, it will be transferred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona for a charging decision.

Who was the police officer killed in the Gila River officer-involved shooting?

Josh Briese was the identified officer killed in the line of duty on Saturday. Briese had been with the department for less than a year and was still completing on-the-job training.

Briese’s father, Yellowstone County Sheriff’s Deputy David Briese, also died in the line of duty in 2006 when Joshua was just six years old.

The second injured police officer, who GRPD has not yet identified, remains in serious but stable condition as of Saturday, according to authorities.

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