UPDATE: Police release name of man fatally shot by Farmington officer

Posted at: 01/02/2013 7:33 AM
Updated at: 01/02/2013 12:02 PM
By: Tracy Dingmann, KOB.com

Farmington Police have released the name of a man killed New Year's Day in a dispute with an officer.

The man who was shot and killed is Mark Chavez, 49, of Farmington.

According to Farmington police, officers were called to 912 Loma Linda in the city at about 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The caller told police that a woman had been killed by a crazy man wearing a blue shirt.

The reporting party would not provide any additional information and hung up on dispatch.

Sergeant Shawn Scott, along with other officers with the Farmington Police Department, responded to the location.

Sergeant Scott was first on scene in front of the house at 912 Loma Linda, and was confronted by the suspect, later identified as Chavez.

Police say Chavez was armed with a blunt impact weapon and refused to put it down. Sergeant Scott fired his department-issued, non-lethal Taser at Chavez, however it was ineffective.

A preliminary review of in car video evidence showed Chavez charged Sergeant Scott with the weapon and Scott subsequently discharged his department issued service pistol.

Chavez was struck in the torso and leg. Chavez was immediately secured by back-up officers and medical personnel were immediately summoned.

Chavez was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center where he died from his injuries.

Sergeant Scott was the only officer to discharge his firearm.

The preliminary investigation has revealed the 911 call was made from Chavez’s prepaid cell phone, yet it is unclear why Chavez lured police officers to the scene.

Officers checked the residence for an injured or dead woman as originally reported by the suspect; however officers did not locate any indication of a crime occurring in the residence.

Poluice said Chavez’s family told them Chavez had been struggling with alcohol addiction-  however to their knowledge, he had not made any threats to harm himself.

The New Mexico State Police is conducting the criminal investigation. As is policy, the officer involved has been placed on paid administrative leave.