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Suspect identified in shooting, killing of Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputy

A witness told 12 News that he heard a single gunshot near the neighborhood and saw the deputy lying motionless on the ground.

CORDES LAKES, Ariz. — Sergeant Richard Lopez of the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office died Tuesday after being shot by a suspect before an ensuing standoff. 

Officials with the sheriff's office have identified the suspect as 61-year-old Robert McDowell of Mayer.

The shooting happened in Cordes Lakes around 12:30 p.m. With the help of a SWAT team, McDowell was later arrested.

Details of what led up to the shooting are limited.

A witness told 12 News that he heard a single gunshot near the neighborhood and saw the deputy lying motionless on the ground.

At that point, neighbors called 911, and the witness said McDowell lived alone in a mobile home.

Video from Sky 12 showed more than a dozen patrol cars and an armored truck scattered throughout a neighborhood as officers scoured the area.

There was an outpouring of support from fellow officers and the community Tuesday evening as a special procession was held carrying the deputy's body to the Maricopa Medical Examiner's Office.

McDowell has been charged with 1st Degree Murder.

This is a breaking news story. Stay with 12 News for the latest updates.

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A group of law enforcement vehicles was parked outside Health Deer Valley Hospital in Phoenix where the deputy was taken for treatment.

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