Farmington officer involved in 2 prior shootings

Posted at: 01/03/2013 10:01 AM
Updated at: 01/03/2013 2:28 PM
By: The Associated Press

Photo: Sgt. Shawn Scott
Photo: Sgt. Shawn Scott

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - A Farmington police officer who fatally shot a man this week was involved in two prior shootings, including a fatal one in 2006 that prompted protests of racism against Navajos.

Farmington police say both prior shootings by Sgt. Shawn Scott were ruled justified.

The Farmington Times reports that the prior fatal shooting involved a 21-year-old who allegedly charged Scott as police responded to a fight in a parking lot.

In the most recent shooting, police say Scott shot 49-year-old Mark Chavez of Farmington on Tuesday.

Police say Chavez made a phone call to lure police to a residence and then was shot when he threatened Scott with what police described as a "blunt-impact weapon."

State police are investigating.

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