Crownpoint man pleads guilty to assault and firearms charges

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A New Mexico man has pleaded guilty to assault and firearms charges stemming from a confrontation with two Navajo Nation police officers.

Prosecutors say 35-year-old Jarod Martin, of Crownpoint, entered his plea Tuesday in federal court in Albuquerque.

They say Martin fired shots at one tribal police officer after a March 2 traffic stop on his vehicle in New Mexico’s McKinley County and pointed a gun at both officers as they tried to arrest him following a foot chase.

Martin was indicted on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a federal officer, being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.

Martin remains in federal custody pending his sentencing hearing, which hasn’t been scheduled yet.

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