Published March 23, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE – Kirby Cleveland, a citizen of the Navajo Nation, has been charged with murder of Navajo Nation Police Officer Houston Largo, 27.
Cleveland, 32, was arrested on tribal charges on March 12, 2017, by the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety, and he remained in tribal custody until March 20, 2017, when the tribal charges against him were dismissed. Upon the dismissal of the tribal charges, the FBI arrested Cleveland on the criminal complaint.
The criminal complaint, which was filed on March 14, 2017, charges Cleveland, 32,from Prewitt, New Mexico, with murdering a Navajo Nation tribal police officer. The criminal complaint alleges that Cleveland shot the victim officer, who was responding to a domestic violence call, on the night of March 11, 2017. The victim officer died on March 12, 2017, as the result of the gunshot injuries he sustained. If convicted on the murder charge, Cleveland faces a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
The Gallup and Albuquerque offices of the FBI and the Crownpoint, Shiprock and Chinle offices of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are investigating this case, with assistance from the New Mexico State Police and the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Novaline D. Wilson and Niki Tapia-Brito are prosecuting the case.