Officers Placed on Leave after Shooting Navajo Man

Police_car_with_emergency_lights_onPublished July 27, 2016

GALLUP, NEW MEXICO – Gallup Police issued a statement Monday saying that the six officers involved in the shooting early Sunday of a Navajo man have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

That investigation is now being conducted by the New Mexico State Police which released their own release Monday night stating that the names of the officers will not be released “until all of the interviews have been completed.”

According to the the state police, Alvin R. Silversmythe, 29, of Gallup was killed about 12:33 a.m. Sunday in a confrontation with an unspecified number of Gallup Police officers.

According to witnesses, Silversmythe was shot several times by police as he lunged toward them with a knife in each hand after yelling at them to shoot him.

Editor’s Note: This article was first published in the Navajo Time. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

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