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.

 

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police to conduct DWI checkpoints in May

The Farmington Police Department, in conjunction with other local law enforcement agencies, is working hard to keep drunk drivers off our roads. Throughout the month of May, FPD will be conducting sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols. This is in addition to FPD’s R.A.D.D. campaign which encourages citizens to call 911 to report suspected drunk or aggressive drivers. The Farmington Police Department would like to remind citizens to drink responsibly and always use a designated driver.

PRESS RELEASE: Suspect in fatal shooting arrested

Farmington, NM – A Farmington man has been arrested in connection to a fatal shooting that took place last Tuesday. Isiah Ontiveros, 18, turned himself in this morning around 10:45 at the Farmington Police Department.

Officers were dispatched around 6:48 p.m. on March 5 to the 300 block of North Monterey Ave. in reference to a possible shooting. When they arrived on scene, officers found local residents administering CPR to a gunshot victim, later identified as 31-year-old Nathaniel Tracy of Farmington. Tracy was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center by EMS and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Detectives, FPD Gang Unit investigators and crime scene investigators responded to the scene. Through investigation Ontiveros was identified as a suspect and a warrant was issued for his arrest for one open count of homicide and two counts of tampering with evidence. He was arrested on the warrant and booked into the San Juan County Detention Center.

Additional details of the homicide are still under investigation. Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is encouraged to call dispatch at 334-6622 or the FPD Detective Tip Hotline at 599-1068.

PRESS RELEASE: Farmington police investigating fatal shooting

Farmington, NM – Farmington police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred yesterday evening. Officers were dispatch around 6:48 p.m. to the 300 block of North Monterey Ave. in reference to a possible shooting. Officers arrived on scene and found local residents administering CPR to a gunshot victim, later identified as 31-year-old Nathaniel Tracy of Farmington. Tracy was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center by EMS and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Detectives, FPD Gang Unit investigators and crime scene investigators responded to the shooting and are currently working on the incident.  Anyone who may have information regarding this incident is asked to call dispatch at 334-6622 or the FPD Detective Tip Hotline at 599-1068.

PRESS RELEASE: 5 juveniles arrested in connection with North Farmington burglary

Farmington, NM – School resource officers with the Farmington Police Department were contacted yesterday around 1:00 p.m. at Piedra Vista High School in reference to a student with a handgun and ammunition on school property. The officer contacted the student, a juvenile male, who had a pistol, ammunition and paraphernalia indicative of gang involvement in his possession.

Detectives and members of the Gang Unit responded to the school; the Gang Unit responded based on the gang associations and firearm information. Through investigation, detectives learned that five juvenile males had burglarized a home on the north side of Farmington. School resource officers, gang officers and patrol officers worked to quickly locate the other four juveniles involved in the burglary. At least two firearms, along with several other items, were stolen from the residence. Detectives and crime scene investigation responded to the residence and processed the scene. A suspect vehicle was located and towed from Lions Wilderness Park, and a search warrant was executed by CSI and detectives. One firearm and several other stolen property items were located in the vehicle. Several detectives collaborated to interview the five juveniles and obtain search warrants for backpacks containing other stolen items.

During the investigation no statements were made from the suspects stating the weapons and ammunition were to be used in an act of school violence.

The District Attorney’s Office was contacted and the Juvenile Probation Office authorized a hold on all five juveniles for the following charges:

First 15-year-old was charged with Aggravated Burglary, Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Burglary and bringing a firearm on school campus

Second 15-year-old was charged with Aggravated Burglary and Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Burglary

Third 15-year-old was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Burglary, Accessory to Aggravated Burglary and carrying a weapon on school campus

Both 17-year-olds were charged with Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Burglary and Accessory to Aggravated Burglary