Gila River Police officer killed in shooting

A Gila River Police officer is dead, and another is hurt after a shooting broke out at a home early Saturday morning.

The shooting happened at around 2 a.m. on June 1 in Santan, which is located in District 4 of the Gila River Indian Community.

According to police, officers responded to reports of a disturbance and were met by a large crowd and gunfire.

Six people were shot, including two officers.

Joshua Briese

Gila River Police Officer Joshua Briese (Gila River PD)

The victims were taken to a hospital where 23-year-old officer Joshua Briese died from his injuries. 

Before joining the academy, he spent time at the Arizona Department of Corrections alongside officer Terry Neill.

"He was just an officer you could depend on to show up when you needed him. And he just took pride in his job," Neill said.

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Officer Briese had been with Gila River Police for less than a year and was still in training.

His father, David Briese, was also a police officer who was killed in the line of duty while working for the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Office in 2006.

"Our hearts and prayers are with these police officers, their families, and everyone impacted by this tragic incident," the department said.

A second officer is in serious but stable condition. One other person was also pronounced dead and she was identified on June 3 as Alicen Apkaw, 23.

Gila River Police and the FBI are investigating the shooting.

Map of area where the shooting happened