Funeral services honor fallen Navajo Nation officer


FARMINGTON, N.M. (KRQE) – There was a huge showing Friday morning for the funeral of a murdered New Mexico police officer. The officer was ambushed and killed last week while responding to a domestic violence call near Shiprock. On Friday, New Mexicans honored him.

People lined the streets Friday morning with flags while officers led the long motorcade that traveled 30 miles from Shiprock to Farmington.

Police say 24-year-old Justin Fowler opened fire killing Alex Yazzie and injuring two other officers who were tracking him.

They say Fowler had beaten his wife and mother earlier that day near Shiprock.

The officers were ambushed and shot after Fowler pulled over during a high-speed chase. Fowler was also killed in the shootout.

Last week, people told KRQE News 13 how the shooting rocked their community.

“You know, you can’t think it won’t happen in my community no matter how small it is,” said Cecilia Barber who attended the procession.

The public funeral for Yazzie was held at the Pinon Hills Community Church in Farmington.

Flags across the state are being flown at half staff to honor the fallen officer.

There have been five Navajo Nation police officers shot in the line of duty in the past three years.

The other two shootings were on the Arizona side of the Navajo Nation. One of them in 2011 was fatal.

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