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Farmington, New Mexico — Farmington Police released videos showing the moments leading up to officers firing on a suspect. Around 4:50 p.m. on April 9, officers observed a man sitting inside a vehicle in a parking lot near the 1700 block of East 20th Street. They recognized him as 21-year-old Charlie Thompson who was wanted for pointing a gun at two teens in March and pistol-whipping one of them. Thompson was known to officers to be armed. When officers attempted to contact Thompson, he got out of the vehicle and ran southbound across 20th Street, carrying a firearm.
Officers followed Thompson until he stopped on Yucca Avenue, near Sage Drive. Thompson refused to put the weapon down after several requests from the officers. He then moved the gun toward the officers, and two officers fired. Officers immediately rendered aid to Thompson and called for paramedics. He was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries. There were no other injuries at the scene. The two officers are on administrative leave, which is the routine procedure of the Farmington Police Department.
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