FARMINGTON — A Farmington police officer shot and killed a man at a home near downtown Farmington on Tuesday, New Year's Day.

The officer responded to an anonymous call of someone injured at 912 Loma Linda Ave. at 3:30 p.m., according to dispatch officials.

Upon arrival, the officer encountered an armed man. Police officials did not say what type of weapon was involved. They also did not say whether he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Initially, the officer tried to restrain the man with a taser, but it was ineffective, according to Lt. Taft Tracy, Farmington police spokesman.

"The officer was confronted with a situation in which he had to discharge his weapon," Tracy said.

The officer fired shots at 3:38 p.m., after which emergency medical services arrived and transported the wounded man to San Juan Regional Medical Center.

The man was in critical condition and died less than an hour later. No officers were wounded during the incident.

Neither the name of the deceased, nor the name of the officer who fired shots had been released as of Tuesday evening.

The deceased still needs to be identified, police said, after which his family will be notified.

Neighbors knew little, if anything about the inhabitants of the small peach-colored home where the shooting took place.

Standing on their front porches, nearby residents watched as police taped off and surrounded Loma Linda Avenue, a street that is not more than a few blocks long.


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Most said that the neighborhood is generally quiet.

When they heard the shots, they first thought they were fireworks marking the new year.

State police are leading a criminal investigation into the shooting, and Farmington police are conducting their own internal investigation, Tracy said.

The investigations will determine whether the officer followed protocol, and whether the discharge of his weapon was necessary.

Such investigations can take more than a week, Tracy said, noting that state police already were on scene Tuesday afternoon.

State police have investigators who specialize in officer-involved shootings. Several were on their way from Albuquerque Tuesday evening.

The perimeter around Loma Linda Avenue will continue to be blocked off from Mojave Street to Navajo Street until the investigations are completed.