Navajo Nation Police Officer Shot, Killed Responding to DV Call (Video)

By Angela Brauer, KOAT

What we know about fallen Navajo Police officer

Officer Houston James Largo had been with Navajo Nation Police for five years.

The FBI says he was shot and killed Sunday. KOAT Anchor Angela Brauer has the latest details on what we know about the officer’s death.

What happened?

The FBI says Navajo Nation Police Officer Houston Largo was responding to a domestic dispute Sunday morning when the incident occurred.

Investigators say Largo came upon two people in a vehicle, something happened and a person shot Largo twice. He was hit in the head and in his body armor.

Navajo Nation’s police chief said a woman used Largo’s radio to call for help.

(Navajo Nation Officer Houston James Largo, 27, came across the vehicle early Sunday while responding to a report of domestic violence at a rural address north of the town of Prewitt. Courtesy of KOB 4 via Breaking News and YouTube)

Who was Officer Houston Largo?

Largo was 27 years old. He worked for McKinley County and the Gallup Police Department before he transferred to Navajo Nation’s police department in 2012.

He was a decorated officer who won “Officer of the year” his first year on duty in Gallup. He was also a volunteer firefighter for McKinley County Fire & EMS.

Largo is survived by his mother, sister and two brothers.Who is the suspect?

The FBI hasn’t released the suspect’s name yet.

Navajo Nation Police Officer Houston Largo (Image Courtesy of the NLEOMF)

How do friends and family describe Officer Largo?

Friends, family and coworkers describe Officer Largo as a passionate officer who dedicated his whole life to helping others.

Largo’s sister, Tamarra, said that he knew he wanted to be in law enforcement when he was a child. She said he joined the McKinley County Fire Department at 14, the youngest age possible, and then graduated to become an officer.

Largo’s cousin, Gabriel Albert, told Action 7 News he is proud of the positive impact Largo left on his community.

(Officer Houston Largo wasn’t just a decorated cop, he was also a volunteer firefighter with McKinley’s Fire & EMS. Courtesy of KOAT 7 and YouTube)

Navajo Nation Police Lieutenant Dempsey Harvey described Largo as a “go-getter,” who always wanted to take calls.

McKinley County’s Fire Chief, Jason Carlisle, said the community will feel this loss for a long time and that firefighters will remember this loss forever.

Long-time friend and coworker Mike Begay recalled goofing off with Largo, barbecuing and laughing. He said Largo once said, “If I go, don’t cry for me.” Begay said Largo helped everyone who needed a hand, that he was always happy and loved to joke around.

When will Officer Largo be laid to rest?

There will be a candlelight vigil Monday night at the Gallup Police Department.

It starts at 7:30 p.m. His funeral is scheduled for Thursday, March 16, although a place and time has yet to be determined.

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*Editor’s Note – Our condolences to the Navajo Nation Police and the McKinley County Fire & EMS. May Officer Houston Largo rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.