Farmington police release footage from officer-involved shooting

FPD Patch

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.