Family of Bloomfield man killed by police say cops 'have many questions to answer'

Posted at: 08/28/2014 4:35 PM
Updated at: 08/28/2014 5:14 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4



The family of a Bloomfield man who was shot and killed by police Wednesday say they have many questions surrounding the incident. Late Wednesday night, KOB Eyewitness News 4 got a chance to talk with the family, including the man's widow.

"Why? Why did they kill my husband?" sobbed Billie Rogers, who says she is still trying to process what happened Wednesday morning, and come to terms with the loss of her husband of 40 years.

61-year-old John Rogers of Bloomfield was shot and killed by Bloomfield Police on Wednesday in front of his home.

"I'm angry I didn't get to hold his hand; I didn't get to say goodbye to him," lamented Billie.

Right now, not much is known about the situation that led to Rogers' death.  New Mexico State Police, who have taken over the investigation, tell KOB that Bloomfield Police were responding to a call about a suicidal man at the Rogers' home.

Billie Rogers was home at the time.

"I seen a cop walking up towards him with his gun out, and I screamed. I ran out the back door and…'boom boom.'"

The family said they feel John wasn't given a chance to surrender, and they don't believe he was a danger to himself or anyone else.

"He was a good, God-fearing, tax-paying, business-owning citizen," said Johnny Rogers, John's son.

Family members have put up a small memorial as a tribute to John Rogers, and plan to hold a candlelight vigil Thursday night.

They say feel there are so many questions yet to be answered.

John Rogers' daughter, Becky Medina said, "We are being left in the dark; they aren't telling us anything."