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Funeral for slain Navajo police officer to be held Friday

Alex Yazzie, courtesy image

Alex Yazzie, courtesy image

FARMINGTON. — A Navajo Nation police officer killed in a shootout with a gunman on tribal land will be remembered this week.

The owners of Desert View Funeral Home tell the Farmington Daily Times (http://bit.ly/1xqN0rf) that a funeral service will be held for 42-year-old Alex Yazzie on Friday at 10 a.m. at the Farmington Civic Center.

Authorities say Yazzie was killed March 19 after 24-year-old Justin Fowler shot at officers in Red Valley, Arizona.

Fowler led police on a high-speed pursuit from a Shiprock home where he allegedly had been beating his wife and mother.

Authorities say he also wounded officers Herbert Frazier and James Hale.

Fowler was then killed by police.

Navajo officials say Frazier is expected to be released from the hospital soon and Hale remains hospitalized in Albuquerque.

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Information from: The Daily Times, http://www.daily-times.com

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