New Mexico State Police released more information Thursday in a fatal shooting in Farmington days after officers responded to the wrong home and fatally shot one of the residents.
Thursday’s statement is with an officer of the NMSP Farmington Police Department Robert Dotson, 52, fatally shot the victim after responding to a domestic violence call around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Farmington Police officers responded to the area but visited the wrong address.
“Once on scene, officers mistakenly approached 5305 Valley View Avenue instead of 5308 Valley View Avenue,” NMSP said. “Officers knocked on the front door of 5305 Valley View Avenue and identified themselves as Farmington Police officers. When there was no answer at 5305, officers reported the party and asked for their message to come to the front door.”
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The addresses are placed across the street. Police said the occupants of 5305 Valley View Ave., armed, opened the door and opened fire.
“Body camera footage shows that as officers retreated from 5305 Valley View Ave., homeowner Robert Dotson, 52, armed with a handgun and opened the screen door. At this point in the confrontation, officer(s) fired at least one round. The active weapon(s) struck Mr. Dotson.” said the police.
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NMSP added: “After the first shooting, Mr. Dotson’s wife, also armed with a gun, fired through the door of the residence. Again, officer(s) fired. Once she realized the individuals outside the residence were officers. She put the gun down and followed the officer’s commands.”
Robert Dotson was pronounced dead at the scene. The other passenger was unharmed and has not been charged with a crime, police said.
The Farmington police officers were not injured.
of New Mexico State Police The Bureau of Investigation continues to gather evidence and interviews as this incident remains under investigation.
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More details may be released later.