Farmington police release body camera video from Oct. 10 police shooting
FARMINGTON — Body camera footage has been released from the Oct. 10 Farmington police officer-involved shooting depicting an intoxicated male pointing a handgun at a woman as an officer fired one round at the man, killing him.
An investigation conducted by the Farmington Police Department internal reviews Office concluded that Officer Jasper Domenici's actions were within policy and training.
Farmington police released body camera and helicopter footage along with a video statement from Police Chief Steve Hebbe on the morning of Nov. 21.
It depicted the actions before 58-year-old Norbert Beyet, of Farmington, was shot and killed in the backyard of a residence in the 2800 block of Rio Vista Court.
"This was an active and dynamic situation to which our officers responded. We recognize the impact an incident like this has on the community, the friends and family of all the involved parties, on the officers and their families, and the department," Hebbe said in the video.
Officers were dispatched around 6:12 p.m. to Rio Vista Court on reports of a man threatening people with a gun.
The officers met at a nearby location where they tried to devise a plan to help de-escalate the situation with a controlled response, according to a Farmington police press release.
Scanner audio in the video states Beyet was intoxicated.
The video footage from the helicopter shows a deputy stating the man and a woman were having a physical altercation in the backyard and there was a gun.
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Officers approached the house immediately, entered the backyard and made contact with Beyet, a woman and two other individuals.
"A man was armed with a handgun and was not complying with instructions from officers," Hebbe said. "The officers approached him and he pointed the handgun towards them. One officer fired a single shot and (Beyet) fell to the ground."
The footage shows video from three separate officer body cameras as officers entered the backyard and approached the individuals.
Domenici joined Farmington police in December 2014 and has eight years of law enforcement experience.
He was placed on administrative leave following the shooting and returned to the force on Nov. 11, according to Farmington police Spokesperson Nicole Brown.
Hebbe explained in the video the status of the investigation into the shooting. He also stated officer-involved shootings are difficult and thanked the public for its patience.
"There are always questions following an officer-involved shooting and there are strong and mixed emotions related to the event," Hebbe said.
He stated the San Juan County Sheriff's Office investigation is still active and, once that is completed, it will be reviewed by the San Juan County District Attorney's Office.
He added an internal review investigation had been completed and it showed that Domenici's actions were within policy and training.
Beyet's family were shown the video last week and the district attorney's office spoke to them about the investigation, according to Hebbe.
This is the third officer-involved shooting in recent history for the Farmington Police Department.
Andrews Rossi was shot and killed in the early hours of March 6, 2018, at the Motel 6 at 1600 Bloomfield Boulevard. Police say he charged at an officer with a knife and attempted to stab him during a standoff.
Frankie Anchondo was shot and killed on the night of Dec. 20, 2017, after he exited his vehicle during a traffic stop and approached an officer with a electronic cigarette.
New Mexico State Police led those investigations and Farmington police released body camera footage in the weeks following the incidents.
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