Farmington, N.M. – The San Juan County Regional Officer Involved Shooting Task Force is investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred this morning.
Around 9:47 a.m., the Farmington Police Department responded to a man armed with a gun breaking into neighboring apartments and battering residents in the 1000 block of Glade Lane. As officers arrived, the man barricaded himself inside his apartment and began breaking out the windows. The man eventually tossed a gun and magazine out of one of the broken windows and started to pour gasoline over himself and the inside of the apartment. Officers began evacuating the neighboring apartments and continued to negotiate with the man. The man stepped out of the apartment and threw a gas bottle at the officers before going back inside. Later, he exited the apartment again, and as the man threw a Molotov cocktail at them officers fired. Officers immediately rendered aid to the man and called for paramedics. He was transported to the San Juan Regional Medical Center and is currently being treated. There were no other injuries at the scene. The Farmington Fire Department quickly mitigated the fire hazards at the location.
The incident remains under investigation, and further information will be provided as it becomes available. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, the primary investigating agency, at 505-334-6107.
The San Juan County Regional Officer Involved Shooting Task Force is comprised of investigators from the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico State Police, and the Farmington, Aztec, and Bloomfield Police Departments. The task force works in a coordinated effort to thoroughly investigate officer involved shootings of San Juan County law enforcement agencies.