DV suspect shot at fairgrounds

By CIndy Yurth
Tséyi’ Bureau

CHINLE, Sept. 6, 2013

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A suspect in a domestic dispute was shot and a bystander injured early Friday morning at the Navajo Nation Fair.

Navajo Nation Police Sgt. Terry John said Friday morning both parties were taken to the Tsehootsooi Medical Center for treatment. He did not have information on the extent of their injuries and did not release names and ages of the parties.

John said the incident occurred about 5:30 a.m. when police were called to the scene of a domestic dispute at the eastern end of the fairgrounds in the area of the carnival. When police arrived, they found a male suspect brandishing a handgun.

“My information is that the officer shot the suspect after he pointed the gun at the officer,” John said. “They’re still at the crime scene, so any information is preliminary at this point.”

A security guard at the scene said the domestic dispute was between two carnival employees, but John said he could not confirm that.

John confirmed that a female bystander was hit in the leg by a stray bullet, but he said he did not have details on that shooting.

Police were still at the scene as of 10 a.m. Friday.