Police block streets after man fires gun in home

John R. Moses

FARMINGTON – Police today abandoned attempts to contact a 25-year-old man they say fired a weapon into a ceiling, ending a shelter-in-place order for his neighbors and reopening area streets.
Farmington police and officers from other agencies blocked streets and an alley for more than an hour near E. 10th Street and N. Fairview Avenue this afternoonMONDAY as a precaution.
Police determined after about 90 minutes of negotiating attempts that the man might be a danger to himself, but had done nothing criminal to endanger others, said Farmington police Public Information Officer Georgette Allen.
In such a situation, if “they push it, it could turn into something bigger,” Allen said.
Officers secured the neighborhood around 1:30 p.m. 
Farmington Police Chief Steve Hebbe then warned people to stay away from the area due to the ongoing effort to negotiate with the man.
By 1:45 p.m. streets and alleys were blocked in the area and residents were warned to shelter in place. Both E. 10th and E. 11th Streets were blocked between Fairview and Tucker, as was an alley in that area. Streets reopened by 3:10 p.m.
Hebbe said the incident stemmed from a domestic issue. 
Police used a “reverse 911” call to alert residents who have landline telephones about the shelter order, Allen said. The man's identity was not released.

Hebbe said police are monitoring the situation and were trying to be prudent "instead of pushing someone into a situation where they think they have to fight us."

When the man "hunkered down" instead of making threats against others, Hebbe said that was a good sign.

"We didn't want to provoke a gunfight," Hebbe said.

Note: This story was modified to include additional comments by the police chief.