Man killed in Farmington officer-involved shooting after officer pursues truck

J.R. Oppenheim and David Lynch
December 21, 2017 05:49 PM

FARMINGTON, N.M. -- The Farmington Police Department says an officer-involved shooting Wednesday evening left one male dead.


NMSP officers have taken over the investigation at U.S. Highway 64 and Hines Road in Farmington. On Friday they identified the victim as 35-year-old Frankie Anchondo.

Officials with FPD say that around 6:20 p.m. on Thursday an officer with the department was at the intersection of McCormick School Road and Broadway "when he heard a female screaming for help" from the passenger seat of a truck being driven by Anchondo.

When the officer tried to stop the truck, it sped off and began to drive recklessly, police say. Eventually it stopped moments after the female "either fell or jumped out of the passenger side" of the truck, and Anchondo stepped out of the truck as well.

At some point the officer fired at him, killing him. It's unclear at this time what transpired before the gun was discharged. 

"This is a tragic event," Farmington Police Chief Steve Hebbe "While we are relieved our officer was not injured, this is a very sad time. We are confident the State Police will conduct a thorough investigation and look forward to providing the community with the facts.”

Stay with for updates on this developing story.


J.R. Oppenheim and David Lynch

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