The Latest: Officials: Suspect drunk before officer's death
Mar. 21, 2017
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting death of a Navajo Nation police officer (all times local):
Investigators say the man accused of killing a Navajo Nation police officer responding to a domestic violence call had spent the afternoon drinking and was intoxicated the night of the shooting.
A criminal complaint released Tuesday outlines the call that sent Officer Houston James Largo to a rural home in western New Mexico. It also details what happened on a dark road near that home on the nation's largest American Indian reservation.
The complaint accuses Kirby Cleveland of shooting Largo with a .22-caliber rifle after the officer stopped a truck that was taking him home.
It says Cleveland told his wife that he had shot Largo and that she needed to help the officer.
Cleveland has been charged with murder and made his first appearance in federal court in Albuquerque on Tuesday. A judge ordered an attorney to be appointed for him.
The man accused of gunning down a Navajo Nation police officer who was responding to a domestic violence call in rural New Mexico has been charged with murder.
Kirby Cleveland appeared before a federal judge in Albuquerque on Tuesday morning, shackled and wearing a black- and white-striped jumpsuit. The judge ordered an attorney to be appointed for Cleveland and set his next hearing for Wednesday.
The 32-year-old Cleveland has been in custody since the deadly shooting of Officer Houston James Largo more than a week ago.
The shooting happened after Largo stopped a vehicle on a dark road on the nation's largest American Indian reservation. Authorities found the officer about 50 yards from the vehicle. He had been shot twice.
Largo was taken to an Albuquerque hospital, where he died March 12.
The man accused of gunning down a Navajo Nation police officer who was responding to a domestic violence call in rural New Mexico is scheduled for his first court appearance.
McKinley County authorities identified the suspect as Kirby Cleveland. He has been in custody since the deadly March 12 shooting of Officer Houston James Largo.
Prosecutors have confirmed that the suspect will make an initial appearance before a federal judge in Albuquerque on Tuesday.
The FBI has not provided any details about the suspect or the circumstances that led to the shooting.
The county sheriff's office says Largo was found about 50 yards from a vehicle he had pulled over. The 27-year-old decorated officer had been shot twice.
Largo was taken to an Albuquerque hospital, where he later died.