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Hero Down: Flagstaff PD Officer Jarrett Shughart Found Dead Of Self-Inflicted Gunshot

Flagstaff, AZ – Flagstaff Police Department (FPD) Officer Jarrett Shughart died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Sept. 12, according to his department.

His fellow officers discovered his body inside his home while conducting a welfare check, the FPD said in a Facebook post on Sept. 13.

He was alone at his home when officers arrived.

Investigators determined Officer Shughart, 31, died as a result of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office is handling the ongoing investigation into his death.

Officer Shughart joined the FPD on Oct. 13, 2014, and went on to become a field training officer, according to his department.

At the time of his death, he was working in a light-duty capacity due to an unspecified work-related injury.

“The City of Flagstaff and the members of the Flagstaff Police Department extend our deepest condolences to Officer Shughart’s family and friends,” the FPD’s post read.

Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans offered her condolences to Officer Shughart’s loved ones in a tweet on Sept. 13.

“A Flagstaff Police Officer was lost last night. My heart goes out to his loved ones and colleagues,” Evans wrote. “I am thankful for our police officers and grateful for their service and commitment to our community. God bless them and their families.”

A fundraising page established to help cover funeral expenses for the young officer has raised over $10,345 so far.

“It is clear that Jarrett was extremely loved by family, friends, and the community,” the page read.

U.S. Representative Tom O’Halleran (D-Arizona) said in a Facebook post that he was “heartbroken” to learn of Officer Shughart’s death.

“As a former law enforcement officer, I know just how hard the job can be and the horrors that can linger with you at the end of the day,” O’Halleran wrote. “My thoughts are with Jarrett’s family and all who knew him in the Flagstaff community.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Flagstaff Police Department Officer Jarrett Shughart, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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