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Navajo Nation pays tribute to slain officer with suspect in custody

Navajo Nation police officers at the funeral of Houston Largo in New Mexico on March 16, 2017. Photo: Navajo Nation OPVP Russell Begaye And Jonathan Nez

The Navajo Nation laid one of its police officers to rest on Thursday as a suspect remained in federal custody.

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 had only been on the force for five years but was remembered as someone who always went beyond the call of duty.

"Every day we have police officers out there working to protect the people. It’s moments like these that cause us to pause and reflect on the work that each police officer does,” President Russell Begaye said as he signed a proclamation in honor of Largo.

According to The Navajo Times, Kirby Cleveland is considered a suspect in the shooting. He was arrested on Monday not far from the crime scene, the paper reported.

Cleveland has not been charged, according to a review of the federal court's electronic records system. He previously pleaded guilty in connection with an assault on the reservation in 2013. He was sentenced to two years in prison and three years of supervised release.

During his release, he pleaded guilty last August to violating conditions of his parole. He had been drinking and failed to complete a substance abuse program, according to the judgment in the case.

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