2 Navajo officers injured in shootout that killed colleague

By FELICIA FONSECA
Associated Press

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say two Navajo Nation police officers were injured in a shootout on the Arizona-New Mexico border that killed one of their colleagues and a gunman.

Tribal spokesman Deswood Tome said Friday that Officer James Hale was shot in the leg Thursday night, and Officer Herbert Frazier was shot in the shin.

Tome identified the officer killed as Alex Yazzie of the tribe's Shiprock, New Mexico, police district. Officials previously said an officer was killed.

The chase and shooting occurred after police responded to a report of a man armed with an assault rifle who was holding his family hostage near Shiprock.

Tome says 24-year-old Justin Fowler fired at an officer then fled to Red Valley, Arizona, where he was killed by tribal police after he opened fire.

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