FARMINGTON — The Farmington police officer who fatally shot a man who police said was charging him with a machete has returned to work.

Jeremy Hill, 28, was placed on paid administrative leave Jan. 22 when he fatally shot Daniel Rey, 33, inside Rey's home at 517 Leighton Ave. He returned to work on Tuesday.

"Our investigation revealed no issues," Farmington police Chief Kyle Westall said. "I've decided to bring him back on restrictive duty."

Westall said Hill will be working at recruiting and training until the New Mexico State Police officially close their investigation into the shooting. If he is cleared of wrongdoing the Chief can assign him to active duty.

"He's taken several weeks to take care of the emotional aspects ... He's doing OK," Westall said. "Obviously it's a traumatic experience. But he's seen a psychiatrist and he's handling it OK."

New Mexico State Police are doing the official investigation into the shooting. State police investigators have completed their work and reported the findings to Farmington police, New Mexico State Police Lt. Tim Johnson said.

But that report has not been finalized and is not yet available for the public, he said.

Hill was the first officer to respond to a domestic violence call received at 10 p.m. on Jan. 22, police have said.

Teresa Salazar, 17, called police and said Rey struck Salazar's mother and threw a 3-year-old child off a bed.


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Hill parked his police cruiser several houses away from the home and when he approached he heard yelling and items breaking inside

When he entered the home he was confronted by Rey, who had a three-foot machete, according to a state police press release.

Hill told Rey to drop the weapon but he didn't, according to police. Hill fired his weapon six times. Rey was shot five times, according to the press release.

Johnson said medications found inside the home and interviews with family members revealed Rey had a mental illness.

Rey was the second suspect who was shot and killed by a Farmington police officer this year.

Sgt. Shawn Scott shot Mark Chavez 49, outside of a home on Loma Linda Avenue on Jan. 1.

Scott is also on restrictive duty. Police said he is currently completing a 10-week, out-of-town training program he had been scheduled to go on prior to the shooting.

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