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An Arizona tribal police officer has been accused of killing a young mother in a hit-and-run incident on Thanksgiving Day — and then returning to the scene to help with the investigation.
Josh Anderson, 49, reportedly even went with other officers to the victim’s home on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation to notify her family about her death, according to KSAZ-TV.
The woman, Iris Billy, 30, was killed around 3:30 a.m. while walking along State Route 73 near the Hon-Dah Casino, according to a news release shared on the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
Brian Swanty, chief deputy at the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office, told AZ Family that almost immediately, investigators began to suspect something was “off.”
“They started to recognize there was a police car that was there (at the scene) that had some damage on it, but again, in rural Arizona, our cars get torn up sometimes because officers go to the forest,” he told the news outlet.
“But as the investigation continued, there was more and more indication saying something just isn’t fitting here. Who would ever think it was the police car involved that’s now back on scene? That is just not normal,” he said.
When an investigator went to Anderson’s home and inspected his police car, “he recognized the damage that was on the car was consistent with potentially hitting a pedestrian,” the deputy said.
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