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Johnny C. Black Detained on Federal Assault Charge Arising from Shots Fired at New Mexico State Police Officer on Santa Clara Pueblo Land

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE – Yesterday, a U.S. Magistrate Judge sitting in Albuquerque, N.M., found probable cause to support a criminal complaint charging Johnny C. Black with committing an assault with a dangerous weapon by allegedly firing shots at a New Mexico State Police officer on Santa Clara Pueblo land.  Black, 32, an enrolled member of the Noorvik Native Community Tribe in Alaska who resides in Santa Fe, N.M., was ordered detained pending trial, which has yet to be scheduled, based on judicial findings that he poses a risk of flight and a danger to the community. 

The FBI arrested Black on July 11, 2018, on a criminal complaint charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm.  According to the complaint, Black allegedly used a firearm to fire multiple shots at a New Mexico State Police officer after fleeing from a routine traffic stop.  Black allegedly committed the offense on June 25, 2018, on Santa Clara Pueblo in Santa Fe County, N.M.

The FBI took custody of Black on July 11, 2018, after he was arrested by Santa Ana Pueblo Tribal Police Department on Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M. 

If convicted of the charge in the complaint, Black faces a maximum penalty of ten years in federal prison.  Charges in criminal complaints are merely accusations.  All criminal defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case was investigated by the Santa Fe office of the FBI and the New Mexico State Police with assistance from the Santa Ana Pueblo Tribal Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Marshall is prosecuting the case.

Updated July 17, 2018

Violent Crime