State police and Farmington police surround a crime scene where Farmington police shot and injured a suspect early afternoon Friday near the intersection
State police and Farmington police surround a crime scene where Farmington police shot and injured a suspect early afternoon Friday near the intersection of Schofield Lane and 15th Street. (Augusta Liddic/The Daily Times)
FARMINGTON — Farmington police shot and injured a suspect this afternoon.
The shooting took place just before 1:30 p.m near the intersection of Schofield Lane and 15th Street in Farmington. The intersection will be closed until further notice.
State police are investigating the shooting with the help of the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office, according to State Police Sgt. James Rempe.
“The suspect is alive,” Rempe said. “Everyone’s alive.”
The suspect was transported to the San Juan Regional Medical Center, Rempe said.
He could not say whether any officers had been shot at or been injured.
Farmington police officers have been involved in three shootings this year, including today’s. The first two officer-involved shootings resulted in the suspects’ death.
Police have released no further information at this time.
Witnesses stood outside their businesses just after the shooting took place.
“My client said, ‘Was that gunshots?’” said Sandra Davis, a hair stylist at Myste’re Exclusive Designs.
Most bystanders heard nothing more than the sound of the shots, which some estimated to be up to 20 shots. They were not sure if the suspect had a weapon.
“I was standing here and the motorcycle cop went zooming down the street,” said Hayes Neely, owner of Autobahn Station. “I poked my head around.”
Neeley said he saw an officer on a motorcycle approach two men running down the street, one of whom may have been the suspect, and the other another officer, Neely said. The officer then threw down his motorcycle, and then appeared to fire shots, he said.
“It’s not every day someone’s shot in my neighborhood,” Neely said.
Several business owners noted that there has been more police activity in the area in recent weeks.
“We’ve had more things happen in the past month than in the past five years,” Neely said.
If you have any information regarging the shooting, or if you were a witness, call reporter Jenny Kane at 505-564-4636 or jkane@daily-times.com.
Jenny Kane may be reached at jkane@daily-times.com; 505-564-4636. Follow her on Twitter @Jenny_Kane.