Trio of officers to be honored at BIA memorial
Officers with the New Mexico State Police, the Cherokee Indian Police Department, and the Navajo Nation Police Department will be honored this year at the 25th Annual Indian Country Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial.
The annual ceremony, conducted by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Indian Police Academy (IPA), recognizes tribal, state, local and federal law enforcement officers working on federal Indian lands and in tribal communities who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. This year’s memorial will honor the deaths of NMSP Officer Nash Garcia, Officer Anthony “Tony” Edward Lossiah of the CIPD, and Officer Alex Kee Yazzie of the NNPD.
Garcia, 38, was killed April 11, 1952, while in pursuit of two suspects on the Acoma Indian Reservation. Garcia was ambushed and killed by the two subjects, who fired nine shots into his patrol unit door from 100 yards and 50 feet away. Garcia managed to open the door and fall to the ground, at which point the suspects beat him to death with their weapons, then drove his body into reservation land, where they abandoned it. Both suspects were later convicted of his murder.