Robert Dotson was killed after police in Farmington, New Mexico, say he opened the door on April 5 with a gun. The officers who responded to a call were at the wrong address. Continue reading for more news. The video shows police at the wrong house before the fatal shooting of a homeowner in New Mexico. Farmington, New Mexico, police officers discussed whether they were at the right home moments before the door opened and fatally shot an armed homeowner, body camera video released Friday appears to show.
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Officers were at the wrong address in the April 5 incident that left the owner, 52-year-old Robert Dotson, dead, Police Chief Steve Hebbe said. Farmington police released six videos of the encounter Friday, one from each of the three responding officers, as well as slow-motion videos of each, and a video on Facebook featuring parts of all three. Each officer video is around 20 minutes long.
In a statement Friday, Hebbe said they once again wish to express their condolences to the Dotson family and, as police chief, want to convey how sorry he is for what happened. New Mexico State Police are investigating the shooting. The agency and Farmington police said officers were supposed to respond to a domestic violence-related call at a home around 11:30 p.m. But officers mistakenly went to another home, which appears to be across the street, according to the officers.
Video released Friday shows an officer knocking on the door in the wrong direction three times and posing as a police officer. In one of the videos, the officer is heard knocking on the door and another officer not shown discussing the address. The officer knocking on the door seems to laugh after being told the correct address and then curses as the door begins to open. Video shows the officer backing up and shining a flashlight through the now-opening door.
The video records her plea for help and her children are upstairs. Someone on the police radio says that there are three children in the house above. The video shows Dotson on the floor in a robe inside that house with a gun on the floor next to him. All three officers who were there fired their weapons during the incident. Police said the number of shots they fired is under investigation. Police revealed that Dotson’s family along with his attorney viewed the videos at the San Juan County District Attorney’s office before they were released Friday.
State police said their findings in the shooting investigation will be shared with the district attorney’s office and the district attorney’s office will determine whether the shooting was justified. Farmington is a city of about 46,000 people in the northwestern part of the state. Thanks for being a patient reader.