Death of tribal officer highlights dangers of policing vast Navajo Nation
March 20, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE — The first time Houston Largo faced deadly gunfire as a Navajo police officer, he and other tribal police had swarmed a patch of desert near the Chuska Mountains to pursue an armed domestic violence suspect.
The 40-mile chase that began near Shiprock had crossed into Arizona, where the suspect, armed with an assault rifle, crashed his vehicle and opened fire. One officer was killed and two were wounded that night in March 2015, while Largo escaped injury and received a commendation for helping a fellow officer to safety.