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Shots fired at deputy; pair apprehended

Two people who allegedly fled from a Sandoval County sheriff’s deputy after multiple gunshots were fired at him during an attempted traffic stop Friday morning have been caught.

YAZZIE: Is “person of interest” in homicide

YAZZIE: Is “person of interest” in homicide

SAM: Taken into custody by Navajo Nation police

SAM: Taken into custody by Navajo Nation police

Richmond Sam, 31, and Angela Yazzie, 26, were taken into custody by Navajo Nation police the same day, in the afternoon, a sheriff’s office spokesman said.

It’s not the first time the pair has been wanted. The FBI was looking for them as “persons of interest” in a homicide on the Navajo Nation, according to the sheriff’s office.

Around 2 a.m. Friday, Deputy Robert Strand was trying to pull over a silver Chevrolet Tahoe on San Luis Road near U.S. 550 for a suspected drunken driver.

The driver of the sport-utility vehicle refused to pull over before slowing down, a news release from the sheriff’s office states.

That’s when the deputy saw a gun pointed out of the vehicle window, and six to eight shots were fired at him. One bullet hit Strand’s patrol car. The deputy was not injured.


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The deputy chased the suspects – who were identified as Sam and Yazzie during the pursuit – to the Navajo Nation, where they turned off their lights and he lost track of them, according to the release.

The bullet, which went through the deputy’s rear driver’s side door, was found in the car.