VIDEO: Navajo Police Officer Killed by Man Holding Family Hostage

A man armed with an AR-15 held his family hostage and shot and killed a Navajo Nation police officer Thursday evening, the Native American tribal government said.

The suspect fled, and was shot to death hours later, reports CNN.

The slain officer, Alex Yazzie, was one of two Navajo Police officers shot after a domestic violence call came in around 4 p.m. (6 p.m. ET) Thursday, according to a statement from the Navajo Nation.

Yazzie had served in the U.S Marines before joining the Shiprock Police Department, Navajo Nation spokesman Rick Abasta said, reports the Arizona Republic.

The wounded officer is being treated in the Shiprock-Northern Navajo Medical Center. The officer's condition was not immediately known.