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  • Kane County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Harris of Orderville Killed - Manhunt Underway on Utah-Arizona Border.
    by Morgan Skinner, KCSG News
    Published - 08/26/10 - 05:50 PM | 2 2 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Scott Curley, 23, of Fredonia. (CCSO) photo)
    Scott Curley, 23, of Fredonia. (CCSO) photo)
    (Fredonia, AZ) - A Kane County Sheriff's Deputy from Orderville was killed Thursday afternoon while pursuing an armed suspect identified as Scott Curley, 23, of Fredonia, Arizona. The shooting 3-miles east of Fredonia occurred at 2:23PM while authorities were chasing Curley on foot. The suspect is described as a Native American, 5'7" tall and 170-pounds.

    A review of Arizona court records for Scott Curley shows he had previously pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct and third-degree felony criminal trespass in April 2010. He also pleaded guilty to underage liquor consumption charge in May 2007.

    Kane County sheriff's deputy Brian Harris, 41, was born and raised in Long Valley, attended Valley High School in Orderville where he graduated in 1987. The 6'7" Gulf War veteran leaves behind a wife, Shawna and two daughters, 13-year old Kirsten and 10-year old Kristina. Harris was active in the Lions Club and recently elected to the Orderville City Council. He had just returned from three-days at LDS girls camp on Cedar Mountain with his daughters, according to Orderville Ward Bishop Eric Esplin .

    This is the second Utah sheriff's deputy to be killed in the line of duty this year. Millard County sheriff's deputy Josie Greathouse Fox was killed January 5, 2010 east of Delta, Utah, when she made a traffic stop.

    St. George Police Department and Washington County Sheriff's Office SWAT teams were requested to assist in the manhunt underway for Curley who remains at large. Local, state, and federal agencies including the US Marshals have responded to the scene along with tribal police officers who are tracking the shooter. The National Guard is providing air support.

    Coconino County Sheriff's Office spokes women Valeria Ausband said the suspect is armed with a high-powered rifle and scope, has exchanged shots with law enforcement officers who are pursuing him. He has fired on officers a second time pinning them down causing them to loose sight of him. Additional SWAT units from both states have been rushed into the area. Requests for flare drops from choppers have been ordered for use during the night as the search continues.

    Fredonia is a town in Coconino County, Arizona that according to 2007 Census Bureau estimates has a population of 1,096-residents. The community is located just south of the Utah border in Arizona on US Highway 89, about 10-miles east of Kanab, Utah.

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    August 27, 2010
    AZDPS and Coconino County are providing air support, ground personnel, SWAT teams, etc. It is in Arizona. Prayers go out to Deputy Harris' family and coworkers.
    August 27, 2010
    Actually he is the 3rd Deputy to be killed this year. Sevier County Deputy Aguilar was also killed in the line of duty this year.

    Thoughts and prayers go out to the family and co-workers.
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