FREDONIA, Ariz. — Dozens of law officers, some in helicopters or leading tracking dogs, searched a remote desert area in northern Arizona early Friday for a gunman who allegedly shot and killed a Utah sheriff's deputy.
Deputies on foot were chasing burglary suspect Scott Curley, 23, when he allegedly shot a Kane County (Utah) sheriff's deputy with a high-powered scope rifle Thursday afternoon, officials said.
Coconino County sheriff's commander Kurt Braatz identified the slain officer as deputy as Brian Harris of Mount Carmel, Utah, a married father of two daughters.
The incident began around 2:20 p.m. Thursday about three miles east of Fredonia, a small town just south of the Utah border in Arizona.
Braatz said about 100 local, state and federal authorities were involved in the the search for Curley along with tribal police officers.
He said the hunt was continuing through the night and by 2 a.m. PDT Curley was still on the loose.
Authorities say Curley is familiar with the remote desert area and they plan to drop flares from helicopters to use in the night search.
"Once again, we have received the tragic news that a Utah peace officer has lost his life in the line of duty," said Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. He described Harris as a lawman who put "himself in a dangerous situation to protect his community."
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