Police In Farmington, New Mexico, Respond To Wrong Residence And Kill Homeowner

The address, 5305, clearly marked on the right side of the garage door


Officers from Farmington Police Department received a call for a possible domestic violence incident at 5308 Valley View Avenue at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, yet mistakenly approached 5305 Valley View when they arrived. Body camera footage shows the officers knocking on the door and announcing themselves as members of the Farmington Police Department, according to an account by New Mexico State Police.

When nobody answered, the officers backed away, at which point 52-year-old Robert Dotson opened the screen door armed with a handgun.

 What followed, said Farmington Police Chief Steve Hebbe, “was a chaotic scene, with officers retreating and opening fire.”

Officers shot and killed Dotson.

After the initial exchange of gunfire, authorities said Dotson’s wife, who also was armed with a handgun, opened fire from the doorway, prompting officers to return fire. She was uninjured and complied with the officers’ commands once she realized they were police.

The video from the cops’ body cams has not been released yet.


Albuquerque Journal

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