Body cam footage was released in the fatal shooting of a Farmington, New Mexico man by police officers who went to the wrong address while responding to a report of domestic violence.
Robert Dotson, 52, came to the door armed with a handgun on April 5 after police officers knocked and announced themselves several times. Dotson appeared to raise the gun as he stepped out, according to slow motion footage, and police opened fire.
Prior to the shooting, the officers realized that they were at the wrong address — the house they were supposed to be responding to was across the street. One of the officers can be heard chuckling while saying, “Oh sh*t.”
As they began to walk away from the house, Dotson appeared in the doorway armed with a gun. Upon turning back to the door, the officers quickly saw that the homeowner is armed.
One of the officers is heard yelling, “Hey, hey!”
After firing several rounds and dropping Dotson, the officers began backing away from the house to access the situation and that’s when a woman was heard screaming. That woman was Dotson’s wife, who was also armed. She opened fire on the officers, reportedly not knowing who was outside. Police returned fire, but the woman was not injured.
The officers identified themselves as Farmington police as the wife continued to scream from inside the house.
Dotson’s frantic daughter called 911 to report that someone shot her father.
“There were gunshots in the house and my dad is dead,” she told a 911 dispatcher, according to CBS News.
“Help! Somebody shot my husband. Please! Please! My kids are upstairs,” Dotson’s wife can be heard pleading in the background of the call.
Farmington Police Department Chief Steve Hebbe released all body cam footage and a statement on Facebook.
“All of us – the men and women of the Farmington Police Department – recognize the severity of this incident,” Hebbe said in a statement.
“We will do everything possible to more fully understand what transpired here. Once again, we wish to express our condolences to the Dotson family and as your chief of police, I wish to convey how very sorry I am that this tragedy occurred. We will continue to provide updates as we are able.”
New Mexico State Police are still investigating the shooting
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