Reuben Blackhorse


A Bonneville County Jail inmate has been charged for assaulting an officer in January.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Reuben Blackhorse, 34, punched an officer after refusing to return to his cell, giving him a bloody nose.

A warrant was issued for Blackhorse’s arrest in 2013 after he failed to appear for mental health court. He didn’t return to the Bonneville County Jail until June. According to court records, the probation violation was dismissed Friday.

On Jan. 9 Blackhorse was out of his cell to shower, according to the affidavit. The report states he was a maximum security inmate on lockdown status. A deputy told him to return to his cell after he began talking to other inmates. Blackhorse refused, telling the guards they would need to make him.

Three deputies approached Blackhorse and told him they would take him to his cell. Blackhorse did not respond or comply with the deputies’ instructions. The deputies attempted to physically return him to his cell when he reportedly swung at them with his left arm, striking one of the deputies in the nose.

The three deputies restrained Blackhorse and took him back to his cell. The two deputies who were not punched wrote statements saying they saw the victim bleeding after he was hit. A sergeant did not see the attack, but saw the victim bleeding. The victim reported his nose stopped bleeding after the attack and he refused medical treatment.

The jail provided Blackhorse a form to make a statement about the incident. He wrote the word “refused” across it. According to the report, the struggle was caught on a surveillance camera, but because of the angle the camera did not capture Blackhorse punching the victim.

Blackhorse was charged with assault or battery upon certain personnel, punishable with up to 5 years in prison. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. March 13 in Bonneville County Courthouse.

Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746.

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