FARMINGTON — A Jeep evaded police after a high speed pursuit and local law enforcement couldn’t find any suspects after an extensive search south of Farmington late Sunday night.
Police responded to Front Row Seat, 740 West Main St., shortly before 11 p.m. Employees said a green sport utility vehicle and a gray Jeep pulled into the parking lot and people were arguing.
As the vehicles left the movie rental store, the employees heard between four and eight shots fired, Farmington police Lt. Taft Tracy said. Police have yet to confirm if shots actually were fired and no victims were located.
A Farmington police officer spotted the Jeep nearby on Apache Street. When the officer attempted to stop the Jeep it fled.
The officer pursued for about a minute when the Farmington police supervisor called off the chase because it was not clear what role the vehicle may have played in a possible shooting, Tracy said.
San Juan County Sheriff’s deputies continued to pursue the vehicle on N.M. 371 but lost sight of it near the Dunes, a Bureau of Land Management off-highway-vehicle recreation area south of Farmington.
The Jeep was later found locked and empty in the recreation area.
Farmington police’s K-9 Unit and the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office helicopter trolled a large swath of land near the vehicle until about 2:30 a.m. Monday. An article of clothing was found nearby but no suspects were located, Tracy said.