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2 suspects detained after allegedly stealing Navajo Police car

PHOENIX — Two suspects were detained after police said they stole a Navajo Police Department vehicle while they were placed under arrest.

Jessie Nez and Harold Lee Jr. were arrested after an officer responded to a call regarding a vehicle at milepost 28 on Navajo Route 4 in Whippoorwill, Arizona, around 4 a.m. 

The Navajo Police Department said Nez and Lee Jr. were handcuffed and detained in the “prisoner compartment” of the vehicle. 

The officer stepped away from the vehicle and heard loud noises from the vehicle. Shortly after, the vehicle drove off. 

After driving off, several shots were heard. They were possibly fired from the officer’s rifle, police said. 

Nez and Lee Jr. were found and detained shortly after the department released the information. The weapon was also recovered. 

No other information was immediately released. 

The vehicle is a marked Navajo Nation police vehicle. It is a

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