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Officers with the Farmington police department of north-western New Mexico shot and killed a homeowner when they showed up at the wrong address in response to a domestic violence call this week, according to state authorities.

The shooting happened about 11.30pm Wednesday. New Mexico state police released more details late on Thursday, and Farmington police confirmed on Friday that the three officers involved were on paid administrative leave pending a review of the case.

The officers were not immediately identified, and it wasn’t clear what administrative action could be taken.

Video footage from officers’ body-worn cameras was reviewed by state police and showed the homeowner opening the screen door armed with a handgun. That’s when officers retreated and fired. Not knowing who was outside, the man’s wife returned fire from the doorway, and officers fired again.

State police said the woman had put down her gun after realizing the individuals outside her home were police officers.

Farmington’s police chief, Steve Hebbe, said in a social media post that it had been a chaotic scene and that more information would be released in the coming week. He called it a dark day for the police force and for the family of the slain homeowner, who was identified as Robert Dotson.

“What I will tell you as the chief is that this is an extremely traumatic event and that I am just heartbroken by the circumstances surrounding this,” he said. “This ending is just unbelievably tragic. I am extremely sorry that we are in this position.”

The case comes amid an ongoing reckoning across the country over the use of force by law enforcement officers. Most recently, the US justice department opened a civil rights investigation after a federal park service police officer in Washington fatally shot a 17-year-old who drove off with an officer in the back seat after being found asleep in a suspected stolen car.

In Farmington, the officers had initially knocked on the front door of the wrong home and announced themselves as police officers. When there was no answer, they asked dispatchers to call the reporting party back and have them come to the front door.

Dotson, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene.

When asked about the initial report of domestic violence that came from a home across the street, a Farmington police spokesperson, Shanice Gonzales, said no action had been taken against any of the parties in that case and that no one had been armed at that address.

The shooting remains under investigation. The state police investigations bureau said any findings would be shared with New Mexico prosecutors for further review.

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