San Juan County, NM – On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at approximately 2229 hours, San Juan County Sheriff’s Deputies and Farmington Police were dispatched to the area of Oscar Thomas Park in Farmington, NM. The park is located near the intersection of South Allen Avenue and West Pinon Street. The initial call came in stating a male subject was pointing a gun at motorists.
“The reporting party called dispatch and described the male as a Native American male, possibly in his 20′s,” said San Juan County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Garrett Morris. “She stated the male subject was wearing a black hoodie and black pants. She said he had pointed a black hand gun at her as she drove her vehicle west bound on Pinon and explained she was in fear for her safety.”
The female realized her cell phone was dead and waited until she saw the suspect walk into the playground area of Oscar Thomas Park. She then pulled into The Path Homeless Shelter and asked to use their phone to call the police. “She further described the subject as having the appearance of being very intoxicated because he was staggering as he walked,” said Morris.
Deputies and Officers converged on the area and searched for the male subject, but did not locate him. “A short time later, while units were still searching for the subject, a man called dispatch to report a male subject walking in front of Three Rivers Brewery on Main Street holding a handgun’” continued Morris. Units responded to this area and were subsequently able to locate a Native American male walking east bound in the alley directly east of Three Rivers Brewery. The male matched the description given by both reporting parties.
Several Sheriff’s Deputies and one Farmington Officer approached the suspect from behind yelling commands with their weapons drawn, however the male would not acknowledge any of the commands. “The male began walking south through a parking lot approaching Broadway Avenue, all the while keeping both his hands in front of him,” continued Morris. Constant commands were being yelled at the male subject still with no response. The male walked into Broadway Avenue, with no concern for any passing traffic, and still kept his hands in front of him.
“Deputy Daniel Ashburn deployed his Taser striking the male in the back,” said Morris. “I observed the first Taser deployment to be ineffective, due to one dart striking the thick hood of the sweatshirt, and deployed myTaser as well.”. This second shot was effective and the male suspect as able to be taken into custody without further incident. A black handgun was found on the suspect. “He had been holding it in his right hand,” explained Morris.
The suspect was later identified as 29 year-old Ernesto Lorenzo Kee Jr., of Farmington, NM. He was transported to the San Juan County Adult Detention Center and booked on Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. No one else was injured in the incident.