A Navajo Nation police officer in New Mexico was shot and killed
while responding to a domestic violence call, authorities said Sunday.
Officer Houston James Largo, 27, was pronounced dead
at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, where he had been
airlifted after the shooting in the small town of Prewitt.
Authorities said a suspect was in custody, but no
other information was immediately available. The FBI is investigating
the shooting, along with the tribe.
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
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.