Embedded: How Video Footage Of An Arizona Cop's Death Became A Police Resource A routine call in late 2014 turned deadly for a Flagstaff, Ariz., police officer, and now police are using the bodycam video for training.
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A Routine Call Goes Horribly Wrong And A Police Video Gets A Life Of Its Own

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A Routine Call Goes Horribly Wrong And A Police Video Gets A Life Of Its Own

A Routine Call Goes Horribly Wrong And A Police Video Gets A Life Of Its Own

A Routine Call Goes Horribly Wrong And A Police Video Gets A Life Of Its Own

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In December 2014, police officer Tyler Stewart responded to a routine call in Flagstaff, Ariz. College student Anna Caldron had called the police, saying her boyfriend, Robert Smith, had damaged her apartment after an argument.

Officer Stewart goes to investigate, and a routine call turns deadly. Smith shoots Stewart and himself. It is the first time a police officer's death was captured on his own body cam.

On this episode of Embedded, we travel to Flagstaff for the stories behind the shooting, and to find out what the video from that day means to police officers and to the people related to Stewart and Smith.

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