Farmington police release footage from officer-involved shooting

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Farmington, N.M. – Today the Farmington Police Department released video from the officer-involved shooting that took place on October 10 at an address on Rio Vista Ct. Police Chief Steve Hebbe released the following statement about the incident, “This was an active and dynamic situation to which our officers responded. We recognize the impact an incident like this has on the community, the friends and family of all the involved parties, on the officers and their families, and the department. Although the Sheriff’s Office investigation remains active, based on the facts we know now, the officer’s actions were necessary to protect his life and the life of others.”

 

On October 10 at approximately 6:12 p.m., dispatch received a call about a man, later identified as 58-year old Norbert Beyet, threatening people with a gun at a residence on Rio Vista Court. FPD officers responded and met at a location near the address to make a plan for a controlled response to attempt to de-escalate the situation. Officers requested medics to stand by and a phone number to try to call and negotiate with Beyet. As FPD officers were trying to call, the Sheriff’s Office helicopter, Air One, flew over the address and witnessed a man and woman in a physical altercation in the backyard with a gun. Recognizing that the situation had escalated, FPD officers approached the house immediately and made contact with Beyet, a woman and two other individuals in the backyard of the home. They began giving clear instructions to the four people. Beyet was armed with a handgun and was not complying with officers’ instructions. The officers approached Beyet, and he pointed the gun towards them. Farmington Officer Jasper Domenici fired a single shot, and Beyet fell to the ground.

 

Officer Jasper Domenici joined FPD in December 2014 as a lateral from Dona Ana County. He is an eight-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.

Farmington police searching for suspect in aggravated battery

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Farmington, N.M. – Farmington police are searching for information on the whereabouts of Christopher Andregg, 26 of Farmington. Andregg has an active warrant on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon against a household member, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a household member, false imprisonment, and battery against a household member stemming from an incident that occurred this afternoon.

A female came into the lobby of the Farmington Police Department today around 11:10 a.m. reporting a fight in the 900 block of Auburn Avenue. Officers were given information on scene that a man, later identified later as Andregg, had battered and assaulted a woman and was inside the home armed with a knife. After a warrant was obtained for Andregg’s arrest SWAT officers entered the home, but Andregg had left prior to their arrival.

The incident remains under investigation. Police are asking anyone with information on Andregg’s whereabouts to call dispatch at 505-334-6622 or SJC Crime Stoppers at 505-334-TIPS.

Farmington police searching for sexual assault suspect

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Farmington, N.M. –Farmington police are seeking information on the whereabouts of 44-year-old Waylon Johnson of Farmington. Johnson has an active warrant on charges of kidnapping, criminal sexual penetration and aggravated battery against a household member stemming from an incident that occurred early this morning.

 

Officers were dispatched for a report of fighting around 6:53 a.m. in the 1100 block of South Bowen Avenue. Officers arrived on scene and were given information that a man, later identified as Johnson, had kidnapped, battered and sexually assaulted a woman and that he was inside the home armed with a bat.  Negotiators attempted to contact Johnson by phone without success. After a warrant was obtained for Johnson’s arrest, SWAT and K9 officers entered to home, but Johnson had left the prior to their arrival.

 

The incident remains under investigation. Police are asking anyone with information on Johnson’s whereabouts to call dispatch at 505-334-6622 or SJC Crime Stoppers at 505-334-TIPS.

Farmington school resource officer no longer with department following use of force investigation, lapel footage released

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Farmington, N.M. – The Farmington Police Department today announces a school resource officer is no longer employed with the department following an investigation into a use of force incident at Mesa View Middle School. The incident took place on August 27, 2019 when school officials requested Officer Zach Christensen assist them in addressing a disruptive student. Christensen was the school resource officer assigned to Mesa View Middle School. A sergeant with FPD’s Professional Standards Division was viewing Christensen’s lapel camera video footage as part of a routine internal review process. He saw what he believed to be a use of force violation against an 11-year-old female student and opened an internal affairs investigation. Officer Christensen was immediately placed on administrative leave per FPD policy. Additionally, the case was referred to the New Mexico State Police for possible criminal charges.

 

Chief Steve Hebbe issued the following written statement regarding the incident and a more detailed video message to our community, “When we fall short of our expectations and standards, we hold ourselves accountable. Like many of you, I was shocked and angry when I watched this video.  We value our relationship with our community and will continue to work hard to maintain the public’s confidence in our department.”

 

The officer’s lapel camera footage has been released to the news media and has been uploaded to FPD’s YouTube channel. The video may be viewed at https://youtu.be/SdiC4WzGyq8

 

Man involved in shooting identified

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Farmington, N.M. – Farmington police have identified the man involved in the incident that took place in northeast Farmington last night as Norbert Beyet, 58 of Farmington. At 6:12 p.m. dispatch received a call of a domestic fight at a residence in the 2800 block of Rio Vista Ct. The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, Air One, and Farmington Police officers responded to the incident, that ultimately resulted in shots being fired. Beyet was pronounced deceased at the scene. A revolver type handgun was recovered from the scene and FPD detectives, SJCSO detectives, and New Mexico State Police personnel are working jointly to investigate the incident. No officers were injured. This is an active investigation and anyone with information is asked to call the SJCSO at 505-334-6107. Further details will be released as available.

Farmington police investigate shooting

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Farmington, N.M. – At 6:12 p.m. dispatch received a 911 call reporting a man threatening people with a gun in the 2800 block of Rio Vista Ct. Farmington Police officers and the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office helicopter Air One responded to the area. Air One had visual of the situation and updated FPD officers as they arrived on scene. FPD officers reported being confronted with a weapon. When the weapon was pointed at the officers, one officer fired. No officers were injured in the incident. The male subject was pronounced dead at the scene. FPD detectives, SJCSO detectives, and New Mexico State Police personnel are working together to investigate the incident. This investigation is still active, further information will be provided as available. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office at 505-334-6107.

Additional information on stabbing released

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Farmington, N.M. – Farmington police are still investigating a fatal stabbing that occurred on September 26, 2019. Two men were transported to the hospital, each with a single stab wound. Fidel Gonzales, 42 of Farmington, was pronounced dead at the emergency room. The other injured 23 year old man was treated at San Juan Regional Medical Center and released the following day.

Officers responded to the report of a stabbing in the area of the 1000 block of Glade Lane around 1:42 a.m. on September 26. As officers arrived on scene, there were several subjects involved in an active fight. Officers detained one of the men, and immediately rendered aid to the two injured men before they were transported to the emergency room. Detectives are still working through a large amount of evidence, and no charges have been filed yet.

This incident is still under investigation. Further details will be released as they become available.