Navajo police officer has died as result of morning shooting

Houston James Largo

A flood of condolences poured in Monday for the Navajo Nation tribal police officer killed on a domestic violence call after he encountered two people in a vehicle on a rural road in the middle of the night, and a woman who saw he was wounded used his radio to call for help, authorities said Monday.

Largo was flown to an Albuquerque hospital, where he died later Sunday.

Largo's family has opened a memorial fund account with Wells Fargo Bank under "Officer Houston J. Largo" and the account number is 7034959507, according to the police department.

In a statement released Sunday, the Navajo Nation Council expressed condolences and asked for respect for Largo's family during this hard time.

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. "I'm confident the monster who took this fearless officer from us will face the full measure of justice".

The shooting captured the attention of Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, who visited UNM-H on Sunday, according to a social media post.

Largo and two colleagues were recognized a year ago for their heroics during a 2015 domestic dispute that prompted a police pursuit and ended with one Navajo officer being killed and two others wounded.

In 2015, Navajo officer Alex Yazzie was shot and killed while pursuing a suspect who had fired at another officer who had responded to a domestic violence call near the Arizona-New Mexico state line.

Begaye said Largo died around 3 p.m. Sunday.

More information will be released when it is available.

Jaramillo says authorities quickly identified a suspect.

The suspect's identity and circumstances of the shooting and the arrest haven't been released.

Jared Touchin of the Navajo Nation Council speaker's office told The Associated Press the shooting occurred in the area of Lake Casamero.

Cleveland was found hiding near the cave and, with the assistance of the McKinley County Sheriff's Office, was apprehended Sunday morning. He described it as a small community on the Navajo reservation.

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