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Man fatally shot by ranger was armed with knife

Posted: 2:07 PM, Oct 10, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-10 20:07:03Z

The FBI says an Arizona man was armed with a knife when he was fatally shot by a Park Service ranger at a national monument.

    
They say 43-year-old Venson Yazzie was a vendor at the Canyon de Chelly monument who sold rock art to tourists.
    
It's still unclear what led to Friday's shooting.
    
The FBI says it's still investigating an assault on a federal officer but won't elaborate.
    
Park Service spokeswoman Vanessa Lacayo says the ranger is on paid administrative leave and won't be identified unless he's found guilty of a crime.
    
Lacayo says the shooting occurred in an area overlooking the ruins named for a whitewashed cliff.
    
Canyon de Chelly, on the Navajo Nation, has thousands of ruins, carvings and paintings on stone.