Provided by New Mexico State Police
Espanola, NM - On June 25, 2018 at around 6:00 p.m. a New Mexico State Police officer attempted to stop a vehicle occupied by a male and a female on Riverside Dr. for a traffic violation. The vehicle immediately began to flee from the officer and a pursuit ensued. Moments into the pursuit the male driver began firing gunshots at the State Police officer through the sunroof of the vehicle.
In addition to shooting from the sunroof, the suspect drove into oncoming traffic and then began passing on blind corners and in no passing zones. Concerned for the public's safety, the pursuing officer made the decision to back off from the pursuit. As additional officers arrived, they were able to locate the suspect vehicle abandoned behind Holy Cross Church. The suspect had fled the area. The 20 year-old female passenger was unharmed in the incident and will not be named as she is not facing any charges.
Through extensive investigation, State Police agents were able to identify the male driver as Johnny C. Black (32) of Pojoaque. Agents learned that Black is also the primary suspect in a June 7, 2018 incident, in which he shot at a Rio Arriba County Deputy. Black has active and outstanding warrants for Breaking and Entering and Burglary in Rio Arriba County.
The New Mexico State Police has issued an arrest warrant for Johnny C. Black. He is wanted for Assault with intent to commit a violent felony on a police officer (2nd degree felony), Shooting from a motor vehicle (4th degree felony), and Aggravated fleeing a police officer.
Johnny C. Black is 5'10" tall weighing 150 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He has tattoos on his right leg, left shoulder, right shoulder and left side of neck. He may be driving a stolen white Kia with New Mexico license plate ACXB97. Black is to be considered Armed and Dangerous and should not be approached. If you see or know where Black is contact the New Mexico State Police at (505) 753-2277 and speak with Agent Bennett or dial 911.