Bullet strikes Sheriff's Office, prompts lockdown

The Daily Times staff

FARMINGTON — A bullet that struck the building housing the San Juan County Sheriff's Office in Aztec prompted a nearly 45-minute lockdown of government buildings along Oliver Drive today.

Two Sheriff's Office detectives were in the west parking lot around 10:25 a.m. today when they heard gunfire and a bullet hit the side of the building, according to a press release from the agency.

All government buildings along Oliver Drive, including the Aztec District Court building, the San Juan County administration building and the San Juan County Fire Department, were placed on lockdown, according to Sheriff's Office spokesperson Jayme Harcrow.

Deputies and detectives searched the field west of the building, and the lockdown was lifted around 11:05 a.m. after the area was cleared.

A possible suspect or person of interest was not located, Harcrow said.

Sheriff's Office officials reminded residents it is illegal to discharge a firearm in Aztec city limits as well as within 150 yards of a building or dwelling.

The Sheriff's Office believes today's incident is similar to one that occurred last year when a citizen was contacted about shooting prairie dogs near the agency's Aztec office.