Officer Tenny Gatewood, Jr.

Officer Tenny Gatewood, Jr.

White Mountain Apache Tribal Police Department, Tribal Police

End of Watch Thursday, December 9, 1999

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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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Rest in peace Officer Gatewood.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 9, 2019

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