The state agency has decided against filing charges on New Mexico officers involved in the shooting death of a man at the wrong residence
The New Mexico Justice Department has opted not to press charges against three Farmington police officers involved in a fatal shooting last year. The incident occurred when the officers went to the wrong address while responding to a domestic violence-related call and fatally shot homeowner Robert Dotson, 52, who answered the door armed with a gun.
Following a review, the Justice Department concluded that there is no basis for pursuing criminal prosecution against the officers. Farmington Police Chief Steve Hebbe previously apologized for the tragedy, acknowledging the officers’ mistake in going to the incorrect house. Video footage released by the police department revealed the officers deliberating whether they were at the right address before the shooting took place. Attorneys for the Dotson family have not provided immediate comments on the decision not to file charges.