N. Ariz. tribal police chief faces felony charges after alleged shooting, standoff

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on October 23, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 8:29 AM

HEBER, Ariz. -- A northern Arizona tribal police chief has been indicted on several felony charges for allegedly shooting at his estranged wife's car.

Samuel B. Lujan, the acting police chief of the Tonto Apache Tribe, was arrested after a standoff with law enforcement last weekend.

According to the Navajo County Attorney's Office, Lujan shot the unoccupied vehicle 18 to 25 times on a residential street in Heber on Saturday after receiving divorce papers. He then returned to his home where he barricaded himself for several hours before surrendering to law enforcement officials.

Lujan, 47, faces charges of stalking, discharging a firearm at a structure, misconduct involving body armor, criminal damage and disorderly conduct.

"If these allegations prove true, it is a sad example of the extremes that domestic violence can reach," said Navajo County Attorney Brad Carlyon. "And another example of why we must all take steps to end domestic violence and protect the victims."

Lujan was being held in Navajo County Jail on a $250,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 31.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.  

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