RED VALLEY, ARIZONA — Earlier tonight, Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly received word that a Navajo Police officer was killed in the line of duty.
“We send our condolences to the family of the Navajo Police officer who gave his life in the line of duty tonight,” President Shelly said. “The family will be in our prayers.”
Reports of a shooting first came into President Shelly via phone, as he attended the New Mexico House of Representatives session for the passage of Senate Joint Resolution 19.
The following details are limited.
Around 4 p.m., Navajo Police received reports of an armed man holding his family hostage with an AR-15 assault rifle. A Navajo Police officer responded to the domestic violence call and was fired upon by the suspect, who then fled the scene.
Other police officers responded to the manhunt from the Window Rock and Crownpoint police districts.
Around 10:30 p.m. Thursday night, the Navajo Nation’s President and Vice President Office received word that the suspect was shot to death in Red Valley, Arizona.
The suspect shot two Navajo Police officers and one officer died at the scene. The other officer is at Shiprock Medical Center.
Red Valley, also known as Red Rock, is some 90 miles north of Window Rock, the capital of the Navajo Nation.
No further details available at this time.