Senior Police Officer Alexander K. Yazzie

Senior Police Officer Alexander K. Yazzie

Navajo Division of Public Safety, Tribal Police

End of Watch Thursday, March 19, 2015

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Alexander K. Yazzie

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 fire 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. He is survived by two sons, two daughters, a brother, and two sisters.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Arizona
  • Weapon Rifle; AR-15
  • Offender Shot and killed

domestic, pursuit

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Watched Officer Yazzie and fellow fallen officer Todacheene many times on Nat Geo’s channel show Navajo Cops many episodes of the loved watching deferments of these two my sincere and deepest sympathies to their families

Reg “Reggie” Labrum

March 29, 2023

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