Man found dead in home after standoff with police, federal officials
FARMINGTON — Area law enforcement officers and federal officials spent hours tonight negotiating with an armed and suicidal man barricaded in a residence on the 2900 block of Yale Drive. Shortly after 9 p.m. SWAT officers found him dead inside the house.
Police had used tear gas inside the home. Police scanner traffic indicated the man came out of the residence just before 9 p.m. briefly with a pistol in his hand and threatened suicide, then went back inside.
A robot was sent into the house shortly after 9 p.m. Farmington SWAT medics made entry after the robot showed a man was in the home's bathroom and not moving.
"He's gone, it's pretty obvious," an officer said over the radio at 9:11 p.m.
The San Juan County Sheriff's Office confirmed that a man killed himself and their office would lead the investigation.
"There is a male subject deceased inside the residence and no shots were fired by law enforcement," the Sheriff's Office stated at 9:15 p.m.
Law enforcement was first dispatched at 4:29 p.m. to 2906 Yale Drive.
The Farmington Police Department and San Juan County Sheriff's Office posted updates to their Facebook pages, urging people to avoid the area and shelter in place.
Georgette Allen, Farmington Police Department spokesperson, referred all questions on the incident to the U.S. Marshals Service.
Multiple patrol vehicles from the two agencies formed a perimeter around the residence and blocked traffic on streets near it.
Bearcat tactical vehicles from Farmington police and the Sheriff's Office were called to the scene.
The Farmington Fire Department had engines on scene with paramedics standing by.
Deputies were observed evacuating residents from Yale Drive onto Cherry Hills Drive, escorting them north onto Edgecliff Drive.
Orlando Taylor was in one of the groups evacuated from their residence along Yale Drive. He told The Daily Times they were asked by law enforcement to evacuate the residence.
Taylor stated he heard a "bang" but could not identify the sound that prompted the police response.
A negotiator was in contact with the suspect and lights were set up at the scene as the sun set.
The Farmington Police Department posted at 8:05 p.m. that the suspect was still in the residence and advised people to avoid the area.
"Gas has been deployed," police announced via Facebook at 8:55 p.m. "No shots have been fired. One suspect is in custody and one suspect is still in the house."
At 9:02 p.m. police deployed a robot to survey the home and discovered the man's body.