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Second Mesa man charged with assaulting officer

Keams Canyon, Arizona (AP) October 2011

A man who opened fire on tribal police in northeastern Arizona, injuring one of them, is facing federal charges.

A criminal complaint filed shows 38-year-old Mitchell Karty is accused of assault with a deadly weapon and discharging a firearm in a violent crime.

Authorities say Karty repeatedly fired at police vehicles after they responded to a domestic violence dispute on the Hopi reservation involving Karty and his girlfriend.

A U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs officer was treated after bullet fragments became imbedded near his ear.

Authorities say Karty abandoned his vehicle near the Navajo-Hopi border and fled on foot. He surrendered hours later.

Karty told authorities he didn’t want them following him and was aware he could have killed someone. His attorney didn’t immediately return messages seeking comment.

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