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Navajo Nation mourning loss of police officer killed in line of duty






A Navajo Nation law enforcement vehicle. Photo: Quinn Dombrowski

Leaders of the Navajo Nation are mourning the loss of a police officer who was killed in the line of duty.

Houston James Largo, 27, was shot early Sunday morning while responding to a domestic violence call on the New Mexico portion of the reservation. He succumbed to injuries after being transported to a hospital in Albuquerque.

“One of the most trying times I have in serving as President of the Navajo Nation is when I get word that one of our police officers has had their life taken needlessly,” President Russell Begaye said in a press release. “It brings to mind the situations our of officers face every day in responding to calls, getting in their unit and putting their lives on the line. It must be difficult for family members to know their loved ones might not return.”

“We are very grateful for his service and we hope and pray that his family and fellow officers are comforted knowing that their loved one is now with the Creator and no longer in harms way,” Speaker LoRenzo Bates of the Navajo Nation Council added in a press release. “The Navajo Nation was truly blessed to have Officer Largo serve and protect our communities.”

According to news reports, a suspect is in custody in connection with the shooting.

Largo had worked for the tribe for five years. He also had been commissioned as a federal officer by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

“Officer Houston Largo was a dedicated law enforcement officer and a courageous public servant," James D. Tierney, the acting U.S. Attorney for New Mexico, said in a press release. "Officer Largo leaves behind an enduring legacy that will live on in the lives he touched through the work that the BIA, the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety and all tribal police officers continue to perform to safeguard and protect our tribal communities."

Read More on the Story:
Navajo police officer fatally shot (The Navajo Times 3/12)
Navajo Nation officer dies after shooting (The Albuquerque Journal 3/12)
Navajo Nation officer dies after shooting; suspect caught (AP 3/13)