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Suspect Named In Killing Of Navajo Officer

A sheriff’s office in New Mexico has named the man suspected of fatally shooting a tribal police officer on the Navajo reservation.

The McKinley County Sheriff's Office identifies the suspect as Kirby Cleveland in a report obtained by the Navajo Times newspaper.  Cleveland is in federal custody, but the FBI is not commenting on the case.

The Sheriff’s Office was among the law-enforcement agencies that responded early Sunday when 27-year-old Navajo Nation Officer Houston James Largo was shot on a county road after stopping a vehicle. Deputies reported that Largo was found lying about 50 yards from the vehicle with his duty pistol by his feet. He had been shot twice.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Stina Sieg was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2013 to 2018.