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Updated May 25, 2014 - 8:46 am

Tribal officer in metro Phoenix fatally shot

PHOENIX (AP) -- A police officer for an American Indian community in eastern metropolitan Phoenix was fatally shot early Saturday during a traffic stop.

FBI spokesman Perryn Collier says the officer for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community was shot after he made contact with people in the vehicle.

Salt River police spokesman Det. Vicente Cendejas (SIN-day-haus) tells The Associated Press that the death of Jair Cabrera marks the first time that an officer in the community's police department was killed in the line of duty.

He says three suspects are in custody.

It's unknown whether the 37-year-old Cabrera returned fire or the reason why the officer pulled over the vehicle.

KNXV-TV reports that a bullet fired by one of the suspects went through the officer's windshield, striking him.

Cabrera was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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