Navajo Police arrest suspects involved in officer involved shooting

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Bread Spring, New Mexico – According to the Navajo Police Department they have arrested three suspects that were involved in an officer involved shooting that occurred on April 19.

According to law enforcement officials, the search for the suspects started after one of the suspects discharged a firearm towards Navajo Police Department officers who were responding to a call.

Around 1 AM in morning, Navajo Police Department received a call reporting a family member was intoxicated and breaking windows on a home.

Officers arrived on scene and encountered a white 2000 Chevy pickup truck. Upon approaching the vehicle one of the suspects shot towards the Navajo PD officers and one officer returned fire.

At least one shot was fired between the suspect and the officer. The officers involved were not harmed and the suspects fled in the vehicle. A search for the suspects immediately began with assistance from local law enforcement agencies.

A community member called in a tip that lead police to the location of the vehicle and a short time later, the three suspects involved in the officer involved shooting were arrested without incident.

At least one of the suspects was identified as possibly being involved in an armed robbery that occurred at the Mustang convenient store on NM State Highway 602, about 13 miles south of Gallup, N.M. on Thursday afternoon.

The store is not located on the Navajo Nation and the robbery investigation is being conducted by the McKinley County Sheriff’s Office. There are at least two subjects wanted for questioning in connection with the robbery.

Navajo Police Department and law enforcement partners are continuing to work collectively in the investigation. The police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying an individual in a photo released on the Navajo Police Department Facebook page.

If you have any information on the identity of the individual, please call the Crownpoint Police Department at 505-786-2050/2051 or 9-1-1.

At this time, no additional information is available for release.

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The Navajo Post Newspaper is a Native American community newspaper that serve the Four Corners in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and Navajo Nation. Submit a news tip navajopost@gmail.com

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