Farmington, N.M. – Today, the Farmington Police Department released video of the officer involved shooting on April 9 near the intersection of Yucca Avenue and Sage Drive. Chief Steve Hebbe released the following statement about the incident, “As I’ve said before about previous incidents, we’re aware that an officer involved shooting is a significant and emotional event for the community, the police department, and the friends and family of everyone involved.”
On April 9, around 4:50 pm, officers observed Thompson sitting inside a vehicle in a parking lot near the 1700 block of East 20th Street. Thompson was known to officers to be armed and was wanted for several felony charges, including four counts of child abuse for an incident on March 26. When officers attempted to contact him, he got out of the vehicle and ran southbound across 20th Street, carrying a firearm. Officers followed Thompson until he stopped on Yucca Avenue, near Sage Drive. Thompson refused to put the weapon down after several requests from the officers. He then moved the gun toward the officers, and two officers fired. Officers immediately rendered aid to him and called for paramedics. He was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries. There were no other injuries at the scene. The two officers are on administrative leave, which is the routine procedure of the Farmington Police Department.
The officers involved in the incident are Officer Ammon Roberts and Officer Andrew Standley. Officer Roberts joined FPD in 2018, and Officer Standley in 2019.
No further information will be released on this incident until the San Juan County Regional Officer Involved Shooting Task Force has completed their investigation and the District Attorney’s Office has finalized its review.
The video can be viewed at https://youtu.be/z5iKBqSfSKg.