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2 indicted in fatal shooting of Salt River policeman

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PHOENIX (CBS5/AP) -

A federal grand jury has indicted two suspects in the fatal shooting of a tribal police officer on the outskirts of Phoenix.

Elijah Loren Arthur and Joey Michael Thomas are facing first-degree murder charges in the shooting of 37-year-old Jair Cabrera of the Salt River Police Department, prosecutors said.

Cabrera was shot during a May 24 traffic stop at a convenience store on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

Just before the shooting, the suspect vehicle flashed its bright lights and turned its headlamps on and off several times while facing Cabrera's vehicle at a stop sign, according to the East Valley Gang and Criminal Information Fusion Center.

Investigators said as Cabrera was trying to pull over the red Pontiac, the passenger opened the door before the car came to a stop and aimed at the officer.

Several suspects were arrested, including Arthur.

Court documents state that Arthur balanced a semi-automatic rifle on the roof of his vehicle and fired two shots.

Authorities said Cabrera was struck in the head before he even got out of his patrol car.

Thomas is accused of supplying the rifle used in the shooting, driving the car stopped by Cabrera and baiting the officer into the traffic stop.

Cabrera was taken to a hospital in Scottsdale where he died within the hour.

The FBI agent who interviewed Arthur after he was arrested said Arthur appeared drunk, smelling of alcohol and with bloodshot eyes.

All the suspects who were arrested in the shooting are members or associated with the Eastside Los Guada Blood Gang.

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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