Tribal police, SWAT in stand-off with four suspects

By Alastair Lee Bitsóí
Navajo Times

WINDOW ROCK, Jan. 3, 2014

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(Times photo - Ravonelle Yazzie)

Navajo Nation Police Officers and the Special Weapons and Tactics Team were called to a scene in the St. Michael's Housing area earlier this morning in Window Rock.)

More than 10 Navajo Nation tribal police units and the Special Weapons and Tactics Team were deployed to a standoff scene this morning at about 8:25 a.m., in the streets of St. Michael’s Housing, a subdivision in Window Rock.

"This is the Navajo Nation Police Department," shouted a police officer through a megaphone. "You’re considered armed and dangerous."

"Obey all commands," added the officer. "Exit the door using the front door!"

Navajo Nation Police Sgt. Terry John said he has no names of the four suspects, who reportedly are connected to an incident that took place in St. Michaels, Ariz., before tribal police and SWAT were at the doors of House No. 10 in the St. Michael’s subdivision, about a mile northeast of St. Michaels, Ariz.

"All I know is that an incident happened in St. Michael’s," John said, adding, "From this incident, the suspects came to this house."

There was no homicide, according to John. The sergeant and the rest of the police force on scene are still debriefing the case. Details are to follow.

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