Man accused of stabbing Navajo officer heads to court

Posted at: 08/21/2013 11:47 AM
Updated at: 08/21/2013 1:31 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com

A KOB Eyewitness News 4 viewer sent in video from the scene of the incident last Friday.
A KOB Eyewitness News 4 viewer sent in video from the scene of the incident last Friday.

SHIPROCK -- The man accused of stabbing a Navajo Nation police officer went before a federal judge this morning.

According to the criminal complaint, 44-year-old Victor Tyler began arguing with his wife after he had been drinking all day last Friday. His wife called police, saying Tyler was "getting rowdy" with her.

Tyler then went upstairs and locked himself in a bedroom with two kitchen knives.

The woman let officers inside the apartment and unlocked the bedroom door. According to the FBI's report, the female officer ordered Tyler to drop his knives, but he responded, "Shoot me, kill me right now, I don’t want to live anymore. I'm not going down without a fight."

Tyler then threw the knife toward the officer and she shot him. The knife stabbed the officer in the foot.

Both were treated and released with non-life threatening injuries. The FBI's report states both Tyler and the officer are enrolled members of the Navajo Nation.

On Wednesday morning, Tyler appeared in federal court in Albuquerque on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

The shooting by the officer is under investigation by the FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety.