Murder warrant issued in Utah deputy shooting

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Deputy Brian Harris By Jennifer Thomas Deputy Brian Harris By Jennifer Thomas

FREDONIA, Ariz. -- A temporary felony warrant for first-degree murder has been issued against a man wanted for killing a Utah sheriff's deputy near the Arizona-Utah border on Thursday.

A Coconino County sheriff's spokeswoman said authorities were chasing Scott Curley, 23, on foot when he shot a Kane County, Utah, sheriff's deputy with a high-powered scope rifle.

Spokeswoman Valerie Ausband said 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.

Coconino County authorities announced Thursday night that Deputy Brian Harris, 41, had died. He was married with two daughters.

During the night, officers continued the search and maintained a perimeter around the area in which they believed the suspect to be.

Curley reportedly is very familiar with the land and friends told investigators that he may have stashed food and supplies in caves and cliff areas.

Curley also is suspected to be involved in a burglary of the Fredonia School.

Teams are investigating possible sightings of the suspect, but there have been no confirmed sightings at this time.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.