Police responded to a domestic violence call last Tuesday night at a mobile home in south Farmington. Daniel Rey, 33, was holding a machete and confronted Farmington police officer Jeremy Hill, 28, police said. Hill shot and killed Rey, who was the second suspect killed by a Farmington officer this month.
Hill was the first officer to arrive at the home at 517 Leighton Ave., police said. He got there shortly after 10 p.m.
He parked his police cruiser several houses away and as he approached the home he heard yelling and items breaking inside, New Mexico police Lt. Robert McDonald said in a news release Monday.
Hill entered the home and was confronted by Rey, who was allegedly holding a machete and moving toward Hill when he was shot, police said.
Hill fired his gun six times hitting Rey five times, McDonald said.
Police responded to the mobile home because Teresa Salazar, 17, called police from inside the residence and said Rey struck her mother and threw the woman's 3-year-old child off of a bed, New Mexico State Police Lt. Tim Johnson said.
Rose Pigman was Rey's fiancee.
Rey confronted Hill with a machete in the kitchen, police said.
Hill told Rey to drop the large blade but Rey ignored the officer and approached Hill with the weapon when he was shot multiple times, McDonald
Rey was taken to San Juan Regional Medical Center where he died early Wednesday.
Rey was buried Monday after a funeral at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Farmington.
He had never been convicted of a felony in New Mexico or elsewhere, police said.
Johnson said medications found inside the home and interviews with family members indicate Rey suffered from a mental illness.
Hill was placed on paid administrative leave after the shooting, Farmington police Lt. Taft Tracy said.
State police investigators interviewed Hill on Friday and Johnson said he is cooperating with the investigation.
Johnson said it is common practice for investigators to wait a couple days before interviewing a police officer who was involved in a shooting.
"It's a little different than other shootings. The officer is the victim and the person who got shot is the suspect," Johnson said. "The officer is the victim of aggravated assault or battery."
Domestic violence call can be unpredictable and dangerous, police said.
Farmington police have responded to about 2,500 domestic violence calls per year during the last three years, according to department statistics.
"We always treat domestic violence as a very, very serious call," Tracy said. "Sometimes we have cooperative individuals and sometimes we have combative people - combative at either the person from the original call or at us."
Hill was the second Farmington officer to be placed on administrative leave because of a shooting this month.
Farmington police Sgt. Shawn Scott returned to the Farmington Police Department this week after spending more than three weeks on paid administrative leave, Tracy said.
Scott was put on leave Jan. 1 after he fatally shot Mark Chavez, 49. Chavez was shot outside of a home on Loma Linda Avenue.
Scott is on restrictive duty. He is currently doing an extensive out-of-town training program and will not return to patrol until the Farmington Police Chief clears Scott for active duty, Tracy said.
Scott was previously scheduled to attend the training program and it is not related to the shooting, Tracy said.
"I think anytime you have an (officer-involved shooting) it's a stressor on the department and a stressor on the officers," he said. "We don't know when we are going to have to make the decisions that could lead to an officer-involved shooting."