Crownpoint man sentenced to prison in assault

Steve Garrison

FARMINGTON — A 36-year-old Crownpoint man was sentenced Tuesday to more than 15 years in prison for his federal conviction in a shootout last spring with Navajo police officers, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.

Jarod Martin allegedly fired a gun at police on March 2, 2015, after he fled a traffic stop on Route 9 near Crownpoint, according to a criminal complaint.

The pursuit continued onto a rural dirt road, where Martin exited his vehicle and threatened to shoot himself in the head, the complaint states.

Martin then fled into the woods, and police rescued an unidentified woman from his vehicle, according to the complaint.

Police shot Martin in the foot in another exchange of gunfire in the woods before he was taken into custody, the complaint states.

Martin pleaded guilty in federal court on Dec. 15 to assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a federal officer with a deadly weapon, being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence.

Martin will serve five years of supervised probation following his release from prison, the release states.