Sandoval County, NM- On March 10, 2020 the New Mexico State Police Investigations Bureau was called to investigate a shooting that occurred on Interstate 25 between Albuquerque and Santo Domingo. A victim reported to State Police that on March 9, 2020 they were involved in a road rage incident in which their vehicle had been shot at on Interstate 25 in Sandoval County near mile marker 248.
Through investigation and witness statements New Mexico State Police Agents were able to get a description of the suspect and the vehicle license plate involved and trace it back to Gunner Johnson (44) of Capitan, NM. Agents located Johnson who admitted to being in the Sandoval County area numerous times over the last few months including being in a road rage incident during the time of the March 9th shooting.
During the investigation State Police Agents also learned that since January 2020, the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Bernalillo Police Department have all taken similar reports of vehicles possibly being shot at on Interstate 25 between the areas of mile post 242 and La Bajada Hill.
Immediately upon hearing of the shootings, New Mexico State Police Chief Tim Johnson mobilized a multi-agency taskforce, consisting of the New Mexico State Police, Bernalillo Police Department, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office to patrol Interstate 25 to ensure the safety of the citizens traveling on Interstate 25.
On March 11, 2020 New Mexico State Police Agents arrested Gunner Johnson and charged him with Aggravated Assault, Negligent Use of a Deadly Weapon, and Shooting at or From a Motor Vehicle. Agents searched Johnson’s home and recovered a firearm and ammunition which has been sent to the state crime lab for comparison with other reported cases.
Although State Police has made an arrest in this case, as an overabundance of caution motorist can still expect to see an increased law enforcement presence on Interstate 25 between the mile marker 242 and La Bajada Hill by the task force. We continue to have various aircraft operations monitoring the area for suspicious activity.
If anyone believes they have been the victim or witness of a shooting on Interstate 25 mile marker 242 to La Bajada Hill since the beginning of January 2020, or have seen anything suspicious during that time please contact the New Mexico State Police at (505) 841-9256 option 0 or 1-833-872-0336. No other information is available at this time.