Police investigate after man is shot in chest

The Daily Times staff
The Sobering Center is pictured on Wednesday in Farmington after a man walked into the facility Tuesday night with a gunshot wound to his chest.

FARMINGTON — A man who was shot Tuesday night was alert and conscious Wednesday, according to Farmington Police Department spokeswoman Georgette Allen.

Brandon Dodge, 54, was flown to the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque to receive treatment after being transported to the San Juan Regional Medical Center on Tuesday.

Police were alerted to the incident shortly after 10:20 p.m. Tuesday when Dodge walked into the Sobering Center on Ojo Court off the Bisti Highway, or N.M. Highway 371, with a gunshot wound to the chest, according Allen.

Allen said Dodge was shot near West Murray Drive. She said he initially walked to a gas station on the Bisti Highway before walking to the Sobering Center.

Officers were examining surveillance videos in connection with the shooting and as of late Wednesday had no other details on the incident. Allen said no one had been arrested.

The Sobering Center opened in March to provide detox services. It was created through a partnership between the city of Farmington, San Juan County, the San Juan Regional Medical Center and Presbyterian Medical Services after Four Winds Recovery Center announced that it would no longer offer detox services. The Sobering Center is staffed by Presbyterian Medical Services employees, including mental health assistants.

Attempts to reach Sobering Center personnel Wednesday were unsuccessful. Laura Ann Crawford, regional director for Presbyterian Medical Services, declined to comment.