Slain Navajo Nation Police Officer Yazzie to be Laid to Rest on Friday

Navajo Police Officer Alex Yazzie

Navajo Police Officer Alex Yazzie

FARMINGTON, NEW MEXICO — Funeral services have been set for slain Navajo Nation Police Officer Alex Yazzie, 42, who lost his life as he was shot and killed last Thursday evening on the east side foothills of the Chuska Mountains, near Red Valley, Arizona.

Officer Yazzie gave his life heroically as part of the 30-person law enforcement team that sought to apprehend a man led police on a two-state chase on the Navajo Nation. Law enforcement was initially called around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday for a domestic dispute which involved the gunman hitting his wife and mother. Once police arrived, the gunman shot at police and fled and led law enforcement on a chase which lasted another several hours.

A gun battle developed which led to Officer Yazzie being fatally wounded. Two other Navajo Nation Police officers were shot in the gun battle. The gunman was shot and killed by law enforcement.

Officer Yazzie was a US Marine Corps veteran and served on the Navajo Nation Police force from its Shiprock Police District.

Officer Yazzie’s funeral will take place on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 10:00, local time, at the Pinion Hills Community Church, 5101 North Dustin Avenue, Farmington, New Mexico.

Burial will take place at Memory Garden Cemetery, located at 6717 East Main in Farmington, New Mexico.

A reception will be held at the National Guard Amory, 1101 West Navajo Street, Farmington.

The tragedy remains under investigation by the FBI.

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