Two men sought for shooting at officers in Aneth
Two Aneth area residents are sought by a variety of law enforcement agencies after shots were fired at law enforcement officers from a home in Aneth.
Gary Lee Jr and Cecil Vigil, both in their late 30s, are the subject of a massive search in the area.
Officers were preparing to serve a warrant for the two individuals at the home in Aneth when multiple shots were fired at the officers. No one was hit by the shots. The shooting occurred at approximately 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 30.
The two reportedly fled the area in a black pickup truck with Colorado plate WAO698. Some reports suggested that they may have fled up the McElmo Canyon Road toward Cortez, CO.
Anyone with information about the search should call the San Juan County Sheriff Office at 435-587-2237.
A helicopter from the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) was dispatched to aid in the search. The air search was abandoned on Thursday evening after several hours of searching.
The two are suspected of being involved at an incident at the Mexican Hat 7-11 on Sunday, April 26, where beer sales were refused a customer who did not have proper identification.
They left after making threats to the store. On Thursday morning, a series of shots were fired at the 7-11 building, triggering a search for the suspects.
Video footage from Mexican Hat was used to trace the vehicle to the home in Aneth.
After the shooting in Aneth, officials found a number of shell casings that match the caliber of casings found in Mexican Hat.
The search is expected to continue in earnest on Friday morning.
San Juan County Sheriff Jason Torgerson said that the law enforcement agencies are very anxious to apprehend the suspects and take them off the streets.
They should be considered armed and dangerous.
Agencies involved in the search include the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Navajo Nation Police Department, San Juan County Sheriff Office, Utah Highway Patrol, Utah Department of Public Safety, and more.
The FBI will take the lead in the multiple agency investigation that crosses state lines and extends on and off of the Navajo Nation.