FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities h[auth] ave released the name of a Farmington man who was fatally shot by a police officer on New Year’s Day.
Police say 49-year-old Mark Chavez was shot Tuesday afternoon outside a Farmington home after he refused to put down a blunt weapon an aggressively advanced on an officer.
They say Chavez was shot in the torso and leg and later died of his wounds at Sun Juan Regional Medical Center.
Police say they were lured to the scene after a 911 call was made on Chavez’s prepaid cellphone about a woman killed by a man.
Officers searched the home and surrounding area and didn’t find a body.
Police say Chavez’s family claims he had been struggling with alcohol problems.
New Mexico State Police say they are investigating the shooting.