Police seek man in Farmington shooting

Two women identified as persons of interest in apartment shooting

Steve Garrison
Raul Dominguez Lopez Jr.

FARMINGTON — The Farmington Police Department is seeking a 28-year-old suspect in the Tuesday night shooting at Mesa Village Apartments.

Raul Dominguez Lopez Jr. was charged Thursday in Magistrate Court with attempted murder, aggravated burglary and felon in possession of a firearm.

Lopez is assumed to be armed and dangerous, according to police.

Two women — Denise George, 28, and Tia Largo, 32 — have also been identified as persons of interest in the shooting.

Lopez is accused of shooting Ryan Yazzie, 29, at apartment D-203 at the Mesa Village Apartments, 1205 E. Elm St. in Farmington.

Farmington police officers were dispatched at 11:25 p.m. Tuesday after receiving reports of the shooting, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Yazzie was found by police crumpled on the floor near the apartment's entrance, the affidavit states. He had a gunshot wound to the head and was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center for treatment, the affidavit states.

Tia Largo

Farmington police spokeswoman Georgette Allen said Wednesday Yazzie has since been transported to a Denver hospital. Attempts to determine Yazzie's condition on Thursday were unsuccessful.

A woman, who is not identified in the affidavit, told detectives she lived at the apartment with her two children.

She said she and Yazzie were at the residence drinking and watching movies, the affidavit states. Lopez, Largo and George arrived at the residence at about 11:10 p.m. and an argument broke out between George and Yazzie, according to the woman.

The woman told detectives Yazzie forced everyone to leave, but moments later they heard pounding on the door.

The woman said Lopez then kicked the door off its hinges and shot Yazzie once above the right eye, according to the affidavit.

The woman's 6-year-old boy told investigators Yazzie and Lopez wrestled briefly before the shooting.

Denise George

Detectives found an unfired .40 caliber full metal jacket bullet — a type of bullet that has military applications — under Yazzie's torso, according to the affidavit.

Lopez has previously been convicted of burglary, receiving a stolen vehicle, escape from a facility and possession of dangerous drugs, according to the affidavit.

Anyone with information about where Lopez, George and Largo might be are asked to call the Farmington Detective Division at 505-599-1005. If anyone wishes to make an anonymous tip, they can contact San Juan County Crime Stoppers at 505-334-8477.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.