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Ducey: Flags at half-staff to honor slain Navajo Nation officer

Flags at state office buildings will be flow at half-staff to honor Navajo Nation Officer Houston James Largo, who died after a weekend shooting on the reservation in rural New Mexico, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered.

Largo, 27, was reportedly shot while responding to a domestic violence call Saturday night north of the town of Prewitt, N.M., just east of Gallup. He died Sunday after being airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque. A suspect was quickly arrested in the case.

"Today, I'm directing state flags be lowered to half-staff to honor the life and service of Navajo Nation Officer Houston James Largo. Officer Largo was killed in the line of duty while seeking to keep others safe," Ducey said in a release from his office.

"His tragic loss reminds us of the dangers faced by law enforcement officers every time they put on the uniform. Our state mourns with the Navajo Nation for this fallen hero, and our deepest condolences go out to his family and loved ones during this difficult time," the governor said.

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said, "One of the most trying times I have in serving ... is when I get word that one of our police officers has had their life taken needlessly. It brings to mind the situations our officers face daily in responding to calls, getting in their unit and putting their lives on the line. It must be difficult for family members to know their loved ones might not return."

"We give our condolences to the family of Officer Largo and we will hold them up in prayer. We will support you. Our nation mourns for you as does the country," Begaye said. "Our officer's lives are precious. They are the ones who stand guard over our nation and protect us."

The 27,000-square-mile Navajo Nation, primarily located in Arizona, extends into northwestern New Mexico and southern Utah. The tribe has a police department of about 225 officers. Largo had worked for the Navajo Division of Public Safety for about five years.

Thirteen Navajo officers, including Largo, have been killed in the line of duty since 1975.

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Largo's death is being investigated by Navajo police and the FBI, with assistance from the New Mexico State Police and McKinley County Sheriff’s Office.

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An undated photo of Largo provided by the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President.