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Senior Police Officer Alex K. Yazzie | Navajo Division of Public Safety, Tribal Police Navajo Division of Public Safety, Tribal Police

Senior Police Officer

Alex K. Yazzie

Navajo Division of Public Safety, Tribal Police

End of Watch: Thursday, March 19, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 14 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Arizona

Weapon: Rifle; AR-15

Offender: Shot and killed

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Senior Police Officer Alex Yazzie was shot and killed near Red Valley, Arizona, while pursuing a subject who had shot at another officer who had responded to a domestic violence call in Little Water Trading Post, New Mexico, shortly after 4:00 pm.

The initial call involved a report of a barricade situation in which a subject armed with an AR-15 rifle was holding his family hostage. The man opened fired on responding officers and then fled across state lines into Arizona, approximately 29 miles away. The man opened fire on officers a second time after they located him in Red Valley at approximately 10:30 pm.

Officer Yazzie was fatally shot and two other officers were wounded during the shootout. The suspect was also killed during the gunfight.

Officer Yazzie was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Navajo Division of Public Safety for 14 years.

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While my son, age 10, did not have the privilege of knowing this officer, Officer Yazzie was assigned to him on his police week ODMP 5K bib. Joe ran for Ofc. Alex Yazzie today; after the race, we went to the National Museum of the American Indian. Thank you for your years of bravery and service to our country.

Joe, Police Week ODMP 5K runner
May 14, 2016

 

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