San Juan County
Gun Violence

  • On February 11, 2017, on the Navajo Nation in northwestern New Mexico, a shooting occurred in a sparsely populated area about 20 miles south of Farmington, New Mexico. The FBI said one man is dead but no officers were injured in the shooting involving tribal police. New Mexico state police and San Juan county sheriff’s office are assisting the FBI and tribal police in investigating the incident. SOURCE: SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN
  • On September 4, 2016 in Farmington, New Mexico, a Farmington couple was found dead in an apparent murder-suicide. The victim, 75 year-old Mary Bennett, was shot by her husband, 85 year-old Bill Bennett, who then shot himself. SOURCE: DAILY TIMES
  • On March 19, 2016, in San Juan County, New Mexico, authorities say a man shot himself in the face during a traffic stop and then pointed a gun at a deputy. He was a taken into custody and is being investigated for DWI and aggravated assault of a police officers. SOURCE: ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL
  • On February 8, 2016 in San Juan County, New Mexico, U.S. Marshals and Albuquerque and Farmington Police arrested 28 year-old Raul Dominguez Lopez, Jr. Lopez is charged with attempted murder, aggravated burglary and felony possession of a firearm. This was in connection to a shooting that took place at the Mesa Village Apartments in Farmington. SOURCE: KRQE NEWS
  • On February 12, 2015, in Farmington, New Mexico, a 17 year-old boy shot himself in the hand at the Roadway Inn. He was charged with negligent use of a firearm, unlawful possession of a handgun and tampering with evidence. SOURCE: THE DAILY TIMES
  • On January 16, 2015 in Farmington, New Mexico, a 6 year-old girl shot her 8 year-old sister with a loaded rifle after her father asked her to move the weapon to another space. SOURCE: THE DAILY TIMES
  • On April 4, 2015, in Farmington, New Mexico, a 13 year-old boy was accidentally shot in the stomach by his 26 year-old brother during a family camping trip. The brother was showing off his 40-caliber handgun to his family when it discharged. No decision had been made about possible charges of negligent use of a weapon or child abuse. The boy was airlifted to UNM hospital. SOURCE: THE DAILY TIMES
  • On July 29, 2013, in Farmington, New Mexico, 40 year-old Christopher Valdez was shot and killed and 3 others were wounded in a shoot-out on the streets of Farmington. Mr. Valdez is believed to have been an innocent bystander. SOURCE: ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL
  • On April 26, 2013, in Farmington, New Mexico, 25 year-old Johnny Benjamin Viapando was shot and killed while sitting in a parked car at the Animus Valley Mall. SOURCE: NEW YORK TIMES