Police say man barricaded in North Tucker Avenue apartment may have a weapon

The Daily Times staff
Farmington Police officers stage along North Tucker Avenue, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, while responding to a barricaded subject inside an apartment complex.

FARMINGTON — Farmington Police Department is asking residents to avoid the area of Farmington Avenue between 20th and 30th Street.

In a post on the police department’s Facebook page, it states police are responding to a subject who is barricaded in a building.

Police have closed Farmington Avenue.

Final update: In a video posted shortly after 11 p.m. on the Farmington Police Department's Facebook page, Police Chief Steve Hebbe announced the man had been taken into custody. Hebbe said no one was injured.

Update 9:40 p.m. Farmington Police Chief Steve Hebbe and Lieutenant Nate Lacey appeared in a Facebook live video on the department's page at approximately 9:15 p.m. 

Police remain at the scene attempting to make contact with the man barricaded inside the apartment. Lacey said police have obtained search warrants and arrest warrants.

The incident began when police received a domestic violence call earlier today. The man had allegedly pointed a gun at his girlfriend.

Police say no shots have been fired and no one has been injured, however officers have broken windows and set a small explosive device.

Update 3:00 p.m. Students at Animas Elementary School, Hermosa Middle School and Farmington High School who live on North Tucker Avenue will not be released from school due to ongoing incident, according to Farmington police spokesperson Nicole Brown. 

Brown said families will need to pick the students up at their respective schools. 

UPDATE 2:30 p.m. Farmington police are responding to a man who has barricaded himself with a reported firearm inside an apartment along North Tucker Avenue.  

The Farmington Police Department was dispatched around 11:48 a.m. today to the 2000 block of North Tucker Avenue on reports of a domestic fight, according to Farmington police spokesperson Nicole Brown.

Brown said police have not confirmed if the man inside the apartment is armed. 

Paramedics at the scene treated a woman for injuries. The woman was evacuated from the second floor of an apartment buildings.

Traffic is closed on North Tucker Avenue and Farmington Avenue north of East 20th Street.

Police staged in the St. Mary's Catholic Church parking lot, 2100 E. 20th St., and a Bearcat tactile vehicle and a mobile command unit were called to the scene.

Residents in the nearby apartments were relocated to the church to shelter in place. 

UPDATE 1:50 p.m. Some apartment residents on North Tucker Avenue have been asked to evacuate. St. Mary's Catholic Church has opened its doors for people who have been evacuated. Police say these residents can park at Vectra Bank and walk to St. Mary's Catholic Church.