Published: 9:04 pm, Tue. Jun. 26th, 2018Updated: 8:59 pm
The New Mexico State Police are seeking a wanted felon after the man fired shots Monday at a NMSP officer.
Around 6 p.m. Monday, the NMSP attempted to negotiate a traffic stop on Riverside Drive in Espanola on a vehicle occupied by a male and female. The vehicle immediately began to flee, and a pursuit ensued. Moments later, the male driver began firing shots at the pursuing officer through the vehicle’s sunroof.
The suspect proceeded to drive into oncoming traffic, passing on blind corners and in no-passing zones, prompting the officer to abandon the pursuit. Once backup arrived, officers were able to locate the vehicle abandoned behind the Holy Cross Church. The suspect had fled. The 20-year-old female passenger was located unharmed and will not be named, as she is not facing any charges.
NMSP officers were able to identify the driver as Johnny C. Black, 32, of Pojoaque. Black is also the primary suspect in a June 7 incident during which he shot at a Rio Arriba County Sheriff’s Department deputy. Black has active, outstanding warrants for breaking and entering in Rio Arriba County, as well.
The NMSP have issued a warrant for Black on charges of assault with intent to commit a violent felony upon a peace officer (second-degree felony), shooting from a motor vehicle (fourth-degree felony), and aggravated fleeing from a peace officer.
Black is described as 5’10”, weighing 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. He has tattoos on his right leg, left shoulder, right shoulder, and left side of his neck. He may be driving a stolen white Kia with N.M. plate ACXB97. He is considered armed and dangerous, and should not be approached.
Anyone with information as to Black’s whereabouts is asked to contact the NMSP at 505-753-2277 and ask to speak with Agent Bennett, or dial 911.