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Friday, July 06, 2012

Tribal Law Enforcement Shooting Under Investigation


The FBI, with the assistance of the New Mexico State Police and the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety, is investigating a shooting involving a tribal law enforcement officer.

The shooting occurred at approximately 3 a.m. Wednesday, June 4, 2012 on the Navajo Nation, in the vicinity of Two Grey Hills, New Mexico, near the New Mexico-Arizona border southwest of Shiprock.

Navajo Police officers were investigating the death of Harland Begay, 34, of Newcomb, who died in an altercation with two other males near Sheep Springs on Tuesday afternoon.

Two officers later located two individuals believed to be the suspects in a stopped vehicle.

A confrontation ensued between one of the officers and an individual, and shots were fired.

An adult male in the vehicle was airlifted in critical condition to San Juan Regional Medical Center. No additional information is available on his status.

The officers and the other male in the vehicle were not injured.

FBI special agents and state police experts processed the shooting scene.

Investigations into the shooting and Begay’s death are ongoing.

The identities of the officers and the possible suspects are not being released at this time.

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