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UPDATED: Farmington Officer, Victim ID’d

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Farmington police said the officer who shot and killed a suspect on Tuesday has been involved in three shootings in the past six years, The Daily Times reported.

Sgt. Shawn Scott shot Mark Chavez, a 49-year-old Farmington man, around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday after Chavez allegedly charged at Scott and threatened him with a weapon, police said in a news release.

Lt. Taft Tracy said Chavez had called police and lured them to a residence in Farmington saying he had killed a woman, but police have yet to find any evidence of that claim, The Daily Times said.

Scott, the first officer on the scene, tried to stop Chavez with a Taser but it was ineffective, Tracy said.

Dash-cam footage from Scott’s patrol car shows that Chavez aggressively approached Scott with a weapon before Scott shot him in the leg and torso, and Chavez was taken to San Juan Regional Medical Center where he died, the paper reported.

It was the third shooting in Scott’s career as a police officer, according to The Daily Times.

In June 2006, Scott shot and killed 21-year-old Clint John of Kirtland in the Walmart parking lot on East Main Street, sparking a controversy over alleged racism in the killing of John, a Navajo.

Scott was exonerated by a federal court jury and claims against the city were dismissed in a suit filed by John’s family, The Daily Times said.

In 2009, Scott shot a suspect in the hand, a shooting that was investigated internally and by an outside agency and was found to be justified, the paper reported.


5:44am 1/2/13 — Farmington Officer Kills Armed Man

By ABQnews Staff

A Farmington police officer shot and killed an armed man at a home near downtown Farmington on New Year’s Day, The Daily Times reported.

The officer, whose name has not been released, responded to an anonymous call of someone injured at the home around 3:30 p.m., according to police dispatchers.

Upon arrival, the officer encountered an armed man and tried to restrain him with a Taser, but it was ineffective, Lt. Taft Tracy told The Daily Times.

“The officer was confronted with a situation in which he had to discharge his weapon,” Tracy told the paper.

The wounded man, who also hadn’t been named late Tuesday, was taken to San Juan Regional Medical Center in critical condition and died within an hour, The Daily Times said.

No officers were wounded during the incident, which is being investigated by New Mexico State Police.

Farmington police are conducting their own internal investigation, Tracy told the paper.

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