Officer Adrian Lopez, Sr.

Officer Adrian Lopez, Sr.

White Mountain Apache Tribal Police Department, Tribal Police

End of Watch Thursday, June 2, 2022

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Adrian Lopez, Sr.

Officer Adrian Lopez was shot and killed during a traffic stop on East Fork Road in Whiteriver, Arizona, at about 7:10 pm.

An altercation occurred between Officer Lopez and the driver during which Officer Lopez was fatally shot. The subject then stole Officer Lopez's patrol vehicle and fled the scene with other White Mountain Apache Police in pursuit. The pursuit traveled almost 40 miles before officers and the subject exchanged shots near Hawley Lake, during which another officer was wounded and the subject was killed.

Officer Lopez was a U.S. Army veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He had served with the White Mountain Apache Tribal Police Department for five months and had previously served 10 months with the United States Department of the Interior - Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services in Wind River, Wyoming. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 1 year, 3 months
  • Badge P219
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Arizona
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

traffic stop

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Officer Lopez,

I just came across your memorial page. I'm saddened to read of your passing. You were a man dedicated to service - to our nation, and to the Native American Nation. Thank you so much for our selfless service. Rest in peace. I pray for God's continued comforting embrace for your wife, your kids, your colleagues, friends and loved ones. Rest in peace.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. – Matthew 5:9

Daniel Ryan
Private Investigator (Retired)

June 2, 2023

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