Names of officers involved in deadly police shooting released

Kai Porter
September 15, 2017 06:50 PM

FARMINGTON, N.M. -- The names of the officers involved in a deadly-officer involved shooting in Farmington have been released, along with more information about the suspect’s violent criminal history.


State Police Chief Pete Kassetas identified the two officers who shot and killed suspect William Wilson as NMSP Officer Dwayne Simpson and San Juan Sheriff's Deputy Sara Howard.

The officers shot Wilson, 26, after they said Wilson pulled a gun out of his waistband and started firing at them as the officers tried to arrest him during a traffic stop. Body camera video of the shooting won't be released until the investigation is finished.

"Once the suspect is handcuffed we immediately see him step back out of frame and then the firing starts to happen," Kassetas said.

Wilson was a convicted felon and a self-admitted gang member. Kassetas said he Wilson was arrested 17 times since 2010.

Kassetas and San Juan County Sheriff Ken Christensen also blasted lawmakers, saying they're not doing enough to keep violent repeat offenders locked up.

"How many times in the New Mexico system do we have to keep giving people a chance?” Kassetas said. “At some point, folks have got to be taken out of our society that can't function and this is a classic example of that."

Christensen criticized a constitutional amendment meant to keep poor defendants out of jail and violent ones locked up. He said it isn’t working.

"It seems like our lawmakers are working against us – those in law enforcement," he said.

The shooting remains under investigation.


Kai Porter

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