Sandoval County Deputy's vehicle stuck by gunfire

Updated: 06/20/2014 2:45 PM | Created: 06/20/2014 1:28 PM
By: Kristen Garcia,

A Sandoval County Deputy’s vehicle was shot at while the deputy attempted to pull over the suspects.

At about 2:00 a.m. Friday, Deputy Robert Strand was attempting to stop a Chevrolet Tahoe to conduct a DWI investigation on San Luis Road near U.S. 550.

The vehicle slowed down, appearing to pull over after Strand activated his lights and sirens.

Strand said he saw a firearm appear from the vehicle and six to eight shots were fired toward him. Only one of the shots fired at Strand impacted the patrol vehicle. The deputy was not injured as a result of the gun fire.

Strand continued to pursue the suspect on San Luis Road. Strand disengaged from the pursuit after entering the Navajo Reservation and followed the suspects at a distance. He lost sight of the vehicle when the driver turned off the head lights.

During the pursuit the two suspects of the Chevrolet Tahoe called the FBI and provided their identity as Richard Sam, 31, and Angela Yazzie, 26.

Sam and Yazzie were later arrested Friday afternoon near Chaco Canyon by Navajo Police.

The two were also wanted by the FBI in relation to a homicide on the Navajo Nation.

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