PRESS RELEASE: Police investigating stabbing at Farmington apartment

Farmington, NM – Farmington police are investigating a stabbing that took place early this morning at a residence in West Farmington. Officers were dispatched around 6:00 to an apartment in the 700 block of West Animas for a fight. When police arrived, they found 33-year-old Kyle Martinez inside the apartment with multiple stab wounds. Medics transported Martinez to San Juan Regional Medical Center where he remains in critical condition. The suspect, Bryan Cortez, 37 of Farmington, was located on scene. He was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

This incident remains under investigation.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police investigating suspected drowning

6-11-19Farmington, NM – Farmington police, along with other first responders, was dispatched yesterday to an individual who was in the Animas River. The call came in to dispatch around 5:49 p.m. after a family saw the person, identified as 51-year-old David Lee of Shiprock, floating in the river near Boyd Park. Farmington and San Juan County fire departments, Farmington police and the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office worked to locate Lee. Fire personnel were able to pull him from the river near CR 6255. Medics transported Lee to San Juan Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

This incident remains under investigation.

PRESS RELEASE: Suspect in early morning homicide charged

Farmington, NM – Eagles Kassanavoid, 20 of Farmington, has been charged in connection with the death of 30-year-old Antonio Coochwikvia. Farmington police were dispatched around 3:29 this morning to an apartment complex located at 905 Walnut Dr. in reference to a stabbing. Officers arrived and found Coochwikvia outside the complex with an apparent stab wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Through investigation, officers were quickly able to identify Kassanavoid as the suspect. He was located several hours later at a residence in west Farmington and taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit. Kassanavoid was booked into the San Juan County Detention Center on an open count of homicide, tampering with evidence and resisting and obstructing.

This incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Farmington Detective Tip Hotline at (505) 599-1068.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington man taken into custody following early morning homicide

Farmington, NM – A Farmington man has been taken into custody following a homicide that took place early this morning. Farmington police were dispatched around 3:29 a.m. to an apartment complex located at 905 Walnut Dr. in reference to a stabbing. Officers arrived and found a man outside the complex with an apparent stab wound. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Through investigation, officers were quickly able to identify a suspect. He was located several hours later at a residence in west Farmington and taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit. This incident remains under investigation. Additional details will be released when they become available.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Farmington Police Department Detective Tip Hotline at 599-1068.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police release footage from officer-involved shooting

Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department today released video from the officer-involved shooting that took place on May 18 on U.S. Highway 64. Police Chief Steve Hebbe released the following statement about the incident, “Mr. Light’s actions endangered countless citizens as he drove recklessly through the city and ultimately crashed into multiple vehicles. We are very relieved no lives were lost during this incident. When the officer attempted to contact Mr. Light at the crash scene, he made the decision to charge the officer while armed, giving the officer less than a few seconds to make a decision.  Although the investigation remains ongoing, preliminary indications show our officer acted within policy and was forced to take necessary action to protect his life and the lives of others.”

San Juan County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to stop 39-year-old Lamar Light of Albuquerque when he was seen driving recklessly at a high rate of speed in the Kirtland area. A deputy pursued the vehicle until it approached the west Farmington city limits, at which time the deputy terminated the pursuit given the apparent danger to the public.

Light continued driving through the city, running red lights and nearly causing several crashes. The vehicle was eventually reported to be on U.S. Highway 64, continuing its dangerous driving. Farmington Detective Chris Blea was working an overtime patrol assignment and responded to the area to help search for the vehicle. Light was then reported to have struck multiple vehicles and construction material on U.S. Highway 64 near Andrea Drive. Detective Blea was the first officer at the crash scene. When he arrived, witnesses pointed to the driver, later identified as Light, who was leaving the scene on foot. As the officer approached and began giving Light orders, he turned and advanced toward the officer with a knife in his hand. The officer retreated while ordering the subject to drop the knife. Light climbed over the barrier toward the officer and advanced several feet. He then began to run with the knife in his hand toward the officer. The officer fired two rounds and the suspect fell to the ground. The officer rendered aid to the suspect before medics arrived and transported him to the San Juan Regional Medical Center.  He was eventually flown to UNM Hospital in Albuquerque where he remains.

Detective Chris Blea joined FPD in December 2010 as a lateral from Los Lunas. He is a 12-year law enforcement veteran.

No further information will be released on this incident until the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office has completed their investigation and the District Attorney’s Office has finalized their review.

PRESS RELEASE: Officer involved shooting

Farmington, NM – A Farmington police officer was involved in a shooting this morning after making contact with an individual who was driving erratically. The incident started in the county near Kirtland where the suspect fled from sheriff’s deputies and continued into Farmington. Eventually the suspect struck multiple vehicles near Highway 64 and Andrea Drive and came to a stop. An FPD officer was first to arrive on scene. Witnesses pointed to the suspect who was attempting to flee on foot. The officer located the suspect, who reportedly brandished a knife and advanced toward the officer. The officer then discharged their firearm at the suspect and the suspect fell to the ground. Medics responded and the suspect was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center. The suspect was later flown to UNM Hospital in Albuquerque. No motorists were seriously injured in this incident.

The Farmington Police Department is cooperating with the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office and New Mexico State Police on this incident. Additional details will be released by the sheriff’s office as they are leading the shooting investigation.

Anyone with additional information about this incident should call non-emergency dispatch at (505) 334-6622 and request to speak with a San Juan County Sheriff’s Office detective.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE: 6th Annual San Juan County Law Enforcement Memorial and Candlelight Vigil

Farmington, NM – The Farmington Police Department, in partnership with other local law enforcement agencies, is hosting the 6th Annual Law Enforcement Memorial and Candlelight Vigil. The event will take place during Police Week on Monday, May 13 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Farmington Museum.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Navajo Police Department Chief Phillip Francisco. Farmington Fire Department’s honor guard will conduct the ringing of the bells for each officer fallen in 2019, and the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office Air Unit will conduct a flyover.

This is a free public event. Media is welcome to attend.

Information about fallen officers may be found on the Officer Down Memorial Page at odmp.org

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President John F. Kennedy in 1962 signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which the date falls as Police Week. During this time each year, officers from around the world head to Washington, D.C. to participate in events honoring the men and women who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice protecting their communities. To date, there havebeen 39 line of duty deaths in the United States, 17 from gunfire. In 2018, there were 163 line of duty deaths, 52 from gunfire.