/>The day after filing the tort, Titus sent a letter to Farmington Police Chief Kyle Westall about Blea. Titus' letter said "this cavalier cowboy attitude by Officer Blea is not only contrary to law but is going to get somebody shot and/or killed." FARMINGTON — A local attorney sent a letter to Farmington police last year warning that one of its officers was going to shoot or kill somebody.
And last month, that officer, Christopher Blea, shot and injured a burglary suspect, Michael Chavez.
On Nov. 28, Victor Titus, a partner at Farmington's Titus and Murphy Law Firm, filed a tort claims notice against Farmington police and five of its officers, including Blea. A tort claims notice tells a public agency that someone may file a lawsuit against it.
The tort was filed on behalf of Alejandro Ortiz, who Blea and four other officers stopped last November. It stated that Blea and the officers violated search-and-seizure and use-of-force laws.