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Farmington officer shoots knife-wielding man after crashes

May 18, 2019

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a Farmington police officer shot and wounded a knife-wielding man Saturday during an encounter following multiple crashes that occurred as the man fled from sheriff’s deputies.

San Juan County sheriff’s spokeswoman Jayme Harcrow says the wounded suspect was initially treated at a hospital in Farmington before being flown to one in Albuquerque.

The man’s identity was not released and Harcrow said no updated information was available his condition.

The Farmington Police Department said in a statement said that the incident began near Kirtland when sheriff’s deputies encountered the man driving erratically and that he then drove into Farmington and struck traffic barricades and vehicles before stopping.

The statement said the shooting occurred when the suspect attempted to run away and then approached the officer while holding knife.

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