Family of man killed by Farmington officer files lawsuit | KOB 4

Family of man killed by Farmington officer files lawsuit

March 26, 2018 07:25 PM

FARMINGTON, N.M. -- The family of a man killed in an officer-involved shooting in Farmington is taking the New Mexico Department of Public Safety and the City of Farmington to court.


The man in question is Frankie Anchondo. According to his brother Felix Anchondo, the NMDPS and the City of Farmington are not responding to the family's public record requests for information on the shooting.

Anchondo was shot on Dec 20 by police after pointing what turned out to be an e-cigarette at police. While police dash camera video has been released of the incident, members of the Anchondo family allege that not every detail surrounding that night has.

"The statement from the officer as to what he saw exactly at the moment of the shooting, not before the shooting, but at the moment of the shooting, which they are withholding from us. So that's why we filed the lawsuit," said Joseph Kennedy, Anchondo's lawyer.

According to Kennedy, the family has also not received the measurements of where the officer was standing when Anchondo was shot, in addition to other documents. Officials with the City of Farmington say the city is not being uncooperative.

"It's not that we don't want to be transparent, we are happy to hand over all the information once we have it. But the state of the investigation is in, the information is either can't be handed over or we don't have it," Farmington City Attorney Jennifer Breaker said.



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