U.S. Attorney's Office
District of New Mexico
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June 13, 2014

Shiprock Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Assaulting a Tribal Police Officer

ALBUQUERQUE—Victor Tyler, 45, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, New Mexico, was sentenced this afternoon to 30 months, followed by two years, in federal prison for his assault conviction.

Tyler was arrested on August 20, 2013, based on a criminal complaint charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon. Tyler subsequently was indicted and charged with that same charge and also with assaulting a federal officer with a dangerous weapon and inflicting bodily injury.

On November 5, 2013, Tyler pleaded guilty to count one of the indictment charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon. In his plea agreement, Tyler admitted that on August 16, 2013, officers of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety came to his Shiprock residence in response to his wife’s call for assistance. At the time, Tyler had armed himself with two kitchen knives and locked himself into a bedroom. After two uniformed officers entered the residence, Tyler came out of the bedroom with the knives, ignored the officers’ repeated instructions that he drop the knives, and threw one of the knives at one of the officers. The knife struck the officer in the foot, causing injury to her foot.

This case was investigated by the Farmington Resident Agency of the FBI and the Shiprock Office of the Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Adams.

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