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FARMINGTON — A suspect in a fatal stabbing this morning in Farmington has been taken into custody following a standoff at a local motel.

Farmington Police Department officers arrested Ronnie Garcia, 40, of Farmington, this afternoon on one count of murder in the second degree and tampering with evidence, according to a Farmington police press release.

Officers were dispatched around 1:25 a.m. to 3001 Bloomfield Highway on reports of a male who was stabbed in the chest.

Dion Debarry, 24, of Farmington was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center, where he died due to his injuries.

Investigating officers learned Garcia had fled the area toward the Rimrock Lodge, the press release states.

Police established a perimeter, then SWAT and negotiators were summoned after multiple hours of surveillance and investigation.

SWAT members entered the room Garcia was believed to be in after a standoff, which lasted about three and a half hours.

He was detained without incident around 12:53 p.m. and was taken to the police station for questioning, according to Farmington Police spokesperson Georgette Allen.

Farmington police are waiting for New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator to determine the official cause of death, Allen said.

The incident is still under investigation.

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