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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Mexico

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Arizona man charged with attempted murder of a federal task force officer

            ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Robert Benjamin Nelson, 28, of Scottsdale, Arizona, made an initial appearance in federal court today on charges of attempted murder of a federal officer and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.

            According to a criminal complaint, during a law enforcement stop on Sept. 12, Nelson allegedly fired through the passenger-side window of his vehicle at a uniformed New Mexico State Police Officer working as part of a federal task force, causing injuries to her hands, face and eyes. He then allegedly fled the scene, but was pursued and stopped again by the officer, and was apprehended with the assistance of two Laguna police officers.

            Nelson also faces a penalty of 10 years to life in prison for the charge of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence and up to 20 years for attempted murder of a federal officer. A criminal complaint is only an accusation. A defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

            The FBI investigated this case in conjunction with the New Mexico State Police and the Albuquerque Multiagency Officer Involved Shooting Team. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Paul Mysliwiec and Jack Burkhead are prosecuting the case.

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Violent Crime
Scott Howell Public Affairs Officer Office of the U.S. Attorney District of New Mexico (505) 379-9888
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Updated September 17, 2020