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San Juan County man wanted for shooting at FBI agent and deputy

Cecil Vijil Jr.
Posted at 10:38 PM, May 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-03 00:41:36-04

SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah — The Federal Bureau of Investigation and San Juan County Sheriff's Office are offering a reward for information on the whereabouts of a man who they say shot at law enforcement with an AR-style rifle on Thursday.

According to the FBI, Cecil Vijil Jr. fired multiple rounds at a special agent and a San Juan County Sheriff’s deputy who went to his home near Aneth as part of an investigation of another crime. Vijil was suspected of shooting an AR-style rifle at a store in Mexican Hat, about an hour from Aneth. Both locations are on Navajo Nation territory.

When the officers arrived at his home around 3:20 p.m., 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.

Authorities are also seeking Gary Lee Jr., who they are also investigating in connection to the crimes.

Both men are considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on their whereabouts should call 911, their local law enforcement agency, or the FBI at (801) 579-1400.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to Vijil's arrest and conviction, and the San Juan County Sheriff's Office is offering up to $1,000.