Police release video of response to Farmington shooting
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FARMINGTON, N.M. — The Farmington police chief shared new video of what officers saw while responding to a deadly mass shooting Monday.
Chief Steve Hebbe released the body camera footage Thursday during a 2 p.m. briefing.
The shooting left three people dead and several others wounded Monday. Among those wounded were two law enforcement officers.
Video shows cars traveling up and down N Dustin Avenue Monday morning as gunshots rang out through the neighborhood. Ring camera footage shows 79-year-old Shirley Voita’s car rolling down the street with the door open – her body no longer inside.
“The victims were right in front of the suspect’s house – the first one who was shot was Shirley,” Hebbe said.
A few minutes later, two women – 73-year-old Melody Ivie and her mother, 97-year-old Gwendolyn Schofield – drive up and see a body in the street. However, before they can get out and help, they are killed.
“The suspect opens fire and kills both of them as they are sitting in their car,” Hebbe said.
Dispatch is flooded with calls and police are on their way to the scene in just minutes.
Officials said the shooter, 18-year-old Beau Wilson, took off his makeshift bulletproof vest before he got into a shootout with officers.
At least four officers fired shots at the suspect, killing him. Farmington police believe this was the outcome Wilson wanted all along.
“In the final moments, he was making a stand,” Hebbe said. “He has opportunities to run off, he doesn’t. He doesn’t use those opportunities, so, yes, it is my belief that ultimately, in his head, he has made a decision that he was going to stand and fight it out until he was killed.”
Police said the shooter had access to 1,400 rounds. They said he used an AR-15 and two pistols, and had access to as many as 10 other weapons at home.
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