Officer Tenny Gatewood, Jr.

Officer Tenny Gatewood, Jr.

White Mountain Apache Tribal Police Department, Tribal Police

End of Watch Thursday, December 9, 1999

Tenny Gatewood, Jr.

Officer Tenny Gatewood was shot and killed while struggling with two suspects he had stopped. Officer Gatewood was responding to a burglary call of a store on the White Mountain Apache Tribe reservation when he stopped a vehicle he believed the suspects occupied. As Officer Gatewood was handcuffing one of the suspects, a scuffle ensued and his handgun was wrestled away from him. One of the suspects then shot him in the head with it. The suspects, a father and son, then fled into the woods, where the were arrested approximately eight hours later.

Officer Gatewood had served with the White Mountain Apache Tribal Police for 9 years. He is survived by his wife, four children and a grandchild.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Arizona
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Two suspects apprehended

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We saw the Memorial for Officer Tenney Gatewood Jr. on our way to Hawley Lake. After looking up his info. and reading about him, we felt very sad for him and his family! Another sad thing was to see bullet holes in his memorial. We wish the best for his family. Officer Gatewood is in a better place. He is flying with the Angels no more earthly trials. RIP!

The Taylor Family
Concerned Citizen

July 28, 2016

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