Man charged in shooting at ex-wife's house

Steve Garrison

FARMINGTON — Police have issued a warrant for a suspect in Tuesday's drive-by shooting west of Bloomfield.

Thomas Polanco

Thomas Polanco, 37, was charged Wednesday in Aztec Magistrate Court with shooting from a motor vehicle, a second-degree felony.

A deputy with the San Juan County Sheriff's Office was dispatched at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday to County Road 5485 after receiving reports of the shooting, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Neighbor Don Trujillo told police at the scene that a former resident, Polanco, drove into the neighborhood in a gray pickup truck and fired several rounds from a pistol at residence No. 24, the affidavit states. Trujillo told police Polanco's ex-wife lived at the targeted residence, according to the affidavit.

The neighbor's wife provided the deputy a license plate number for the suspect vehicle, which was registered to Polanco, according to the affidavit.

The neighbors said their sons were outside playing basketball at the time of the shooting, the affidavit states.

The sons provided the deputy two 9 millimeter shell casings they found on the road after the incident, according to the affidavit.

The deputy noted in the report the suspect endangered the lives of several residents in the shooting.

Polanco's cash-only bond was set at $10,000.

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