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Man Sought in Navajo Indian Reservation Shooting Arrested

FBI Albuquerque November 11, 2013
  • Public Affairs Specialist Frank Fisher (505) 889-1438

A Shiprock, New Mexico man wanted for the October 10, 2013 shooting of a woman at a housing complex on the Navajo Indian Reservation has been arrested.

Patrick Lynn Benally, 25, was arrested by U.S. Marshals near Morgan Lake on the Navajo Reservation on Friday night, November 8, 2013.

Benally is expected to appear in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque on Tuesday, November 12, 2013.

A federal arrest warrant charges Benally with assault resulting in serious bodily injury, assault with a dangerous weapon, use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of a violence, and offense in Indian Country.

Benally is accused of shooting a woman in the face in Fruitland, New Mexico.

The woman was treated at a hospital, but her identity and whereabouts are not being released.

The FBI offered a $1,500 reward for Benally’s arrest and conviction.

The Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety and San Juan County Sheriff’s Office are assisting with this investigation.

Further details will not be released until after Benally’s court appearance.