Police Officer Roy Lee Stanley

Police Officer Roy Lee Stanley

Navajo Division of Public Safety, Tribal Police

End of Watch Saturday, December 5, 1987

Roy Lee Stanley

Officer Stanley and Officer Andy Begay were shot and killed while investigating an alcohol party in Utah. Their bodies were later dumped in a patrol vehicle, transported to a remote location near Lake Powell, Utah, and set on fire.

Two suspects were convicted of the murders and sentenced to prison.

Officer Stanley had served with the Navajo Division of Public Safety for 3 years and was assigned to the Kayenta District. He was survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Utah
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Convicted

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When this month rolls around I am transported back to the earlier years of my childhood. I recall the hurt, confused and foggy days after this tragic day but I also remember what you have done for the men in this family. We all wanted to make a difference in the lives of the people around us and to become what our grandfather and what you had emulated for us. I tell other individuals in my life how the traits that you possessed help me become the best I can be without any excuses. We all miss you but what you have given us lives with us forever. Every morning I pray and offer my pollen so you can protect us even now, Thank you uncle for all you have done and continue to do for the Tachinii family.

Tachinii Clan

December 6, 2015

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