Teen arrested in death investigation, few details released

John R. Moses
Farmington Daily Times

FARMINGTON — Farmington police announced they have arrested a 15-year-old suspect in connection with the death of another Farmington teen on Dec. 14, but few other details were released.

Police identified the suspect as 15-year-old Xavion Montano, who was “arrested yesterday and charged with a 4th degree felony for Involuntary Manslaughter and Negligent Use of a Firearm” following a police investigation, spokesperson Nicole Brown said in a press release Dec. 16.

Police did not identify the victim, the address where the shooting occurred or the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Police say they were called to a residence in East Farmington shortly before 1 p.m. on Dec. 14, along with medical personnel, responding to a report of an unresponsive person. They determined that the victim had been shot, causing his death.

The San Juan County District Attorney's Office filed a petition on Dec. 16 in children's court for the 11th Judicial District Court in Farmington.

The petition lists the two charges and does not provide details about the incident.

Montano remains in custody at the San Juan County Juvenile Detention Center, where he has been detained since the evening of Dec. 15, according to the court document.

The release said more information would be made public as it becomes available.

This story will be updated if more information is released.

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