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Man wanted in Navajo Nation shooting

A Shiprock man the FBI says is armed and dangerous is still on the loose after an Oct. 10 shooting at a housing complex on the Navajo Nation, according to the FBI.

FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said the agency is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of Patrick Lynn Benally, 25.

Benally allegedly shot a woman in the face in Fruitland, NM, and Fisher said he could still be on the reservation or elsewhere in New Mexico, although he has relatives in Durango, CO.

If caught, Fisher said Benally will face federal charges of serious bodily injury, assault with a dangerous weapon and use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence.

Fisher said Benally is about 5-foot-5, weighs around 180 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. He said anyone who sees or knows Benally should not approach him, but should contact the FBI at (505) 889-1300 or submit at tip online at


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