Death Due to Bites
UPDATE 03/30/11: New information has been released about a 55-year old man who was discovered dead last December. Autopsy results from the state Office of Medical Investigator show that bite wounds inflicted by dogs killed Larry Armstrong on December 6. Investigators wrote in their report that they didn't know if Armstrong, who had a history of seizures, suffered one before the dogs attacked or if he was conscious when the dogs began attacking him.
Investigators do appear to know the owners of the dogs responsible for killing the man. Rob Platero, the Navajo Nation's chief of criminal investigations in Window Rock, is mentioned in the article. Platero said that samples from the dogs were "sent out for examination to test for rabies or other diseases." When the results come back, "an investigator will meet with a tribal prosecutor to determine if a complaint will be filed against the owners of the dogs," he said.
12/10/10: Victim Identified
McKinley County sheriff's deputies said they arrived to find a pack of dogs gnawing on the body. Deputies said they didn't know if the victim was alive or dead at the time of the mauling. The victim was identified as Larry Armstrong. Because the incident occurred on tribal land, the FBI and Navajo police will conduct a joint investigation. Deputies believe the man "could have been hit by a vehicle before the attack" due to nearby tire marks and vehicle debris.
The state Office of the Medical Investigator will determine the cause of death.
12/10/10: Sparse Information
Gallup, NM - In a developing story, the Gallup Independent reports that a 55-year old man was attacked and killed by a pack of "wild dogs" on Wednesday. The incident occurred just west of Sundance Road. The photo depicts a "rez dog" (short for Indian reservation dog) near the clothing of the victim and a law enforcement's vehicle with an open door. No further information was provided in the brief article. Please leave additional links in the below comment section.
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