Phoenix police are investigating a violent home invasion in which a prominent member of the Cherokee community was shot and killed.
The wife of, 78-year-old, Jess Sixkiller called 911 about 3:15 a.m. Friday, to report she believed someone was inside the home she shared with her husband.
Police spokesman James Holmes said she heard someone attempting to break into the home. She then heard what she believed to be a gunshot and found her husband in another room.
When officers arrived, they took the woman from the home and during a sweep of the house, they discovered Sixkiller shot to death.
She told authorities that she thought she heard someone say “police” in broken English, police said.
Police are continuing to investigate and asking for the public’s help in identifying the perpetrator.
The daughter of the victim identified her father as Jess Sixkiller, a former Chicago police officer and a Native American rights activist.
A memorial fund has been set up in Sixkiller’s name. Donations can be made to:
Wells Fargo Bank
Jess Sixkiller Memorial
Phoenix Police Homicide detectives have very little to go on in this investigation and they are asking anyone who may have seen or heard anything, or who may have information about this homicide to call Silent Witness at (480) WIT-NESS. As always, any caller may remain anonymous.
At this point in the investigation, they don’t know whether anything was stolen, but say there are signs of forced entry.