Navajo Division of Public Safety Police Officer Houston Largo succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous night while responding to a domestic violence call along County Road 19 in Casamero Lake, New Mexico.
He was flown to the University of New Mexico Hospital where he passed away.
The subject was taken into custody and no further details were given.
In a statement, the FBI described Largo as a decorated officer with five years of service.
“We pray for the officer, his family and the police force,” Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said in a statement before Largo died.
“Our officers put themselves in highly volatile situations every day in addressing domestic violence situations,” Begaye said. “Although they are highly trained, they can still be severely wounded, which unfortunately is what happened today.”
Begaye said the tribe recently upgraded equipment and protective devices for its police department.
“This sad news reinforces the dangers our police officers face every day — so we and our families don’t have to,” New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said in a statement. “I’m confident the monster who took this brave officer from us will face the full measure of justice.”
The New Mexico State Police and McKinley County Sheriff’s Office also were assisting with the investigation.
The Navajo Nation covers 27,425 square miles in portions of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico.
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