Man charged in Navajo officer’s death arrested

Flagstaff, Arizona (AP) July 2011

A Kaibeto man charged with first-degree murder in the death of a Navajo Nation police sergeant remains hospitalized.

FBI spokesman Manuel Johnson says authorities formally arrested Victor Bigman at a Flagstaff hospital and are watching him around the clock.

Bigman has been under medical care since tribal police were called to his home June 25 to break up a fight between his sons.

Authorities say Bigman intervened in the arrests and fired four shots at Sgt. Darrell Curley, who returned fire and struck Bigman. Curley died hours later.

Johnson declined to say where Bigman was hit or discuss his condition.

Federal authorities have charged Bigman’s son, Tyson Bigman, with assaulting another tribal officer at the scene. He was released from custody following a detention hearing.