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Man accused of shooting at FBI agent, San Juan County Sheriff's Deputy arrested

Cecil Vijil arrested in Colorado
Cecil Vijil Jr.
Posted at 11:06 AM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 13:53:08-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Bureau of Indian Affairs officers arrested Cecil Vijil Jr. Sunday around 7 p.m. in Colorado, according to the Salt Lake City office of the FBI.

Vijil is suspected of firing multiple rounds at an FBI special agent and a San Juan County Sheriff’s deputy near his home in Aneth April 30.

The FBI said Vijil had earlier fired an AR-style rifle at a store in Mexican Hat, about an hour from Aneth. Both locations are on Navajo Nation territory.

As part of that investigation, the officers had gone to Vijil's home around 3:20 p.m.

When they arrived they saw Vijil peer around from behind the home then withdraw back out of sight. He then reportedly returned around from behind the home with the rifle and fired multiple shots at the agent and deputy, who were still in the vehicle.

The officers then left the scene for their safety, according to the report. Neither of them were injured.

The FBI said Vijil was arrested Sunday walking along Highway 160, south of Towaoc, Colorado, which is located south of Cortez, on the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Reservation.

He was arrested without incident.

Agents also interviewed Gary Lee Jr., who they were investigating in connection to the crimes, but he was not charged with any wrongdoing, an FBI spokesperson told Fox 13.