No charges sought against officer in hospital shooting

Farmington police

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) – San Juan County prosecutors are declining to seek criminal charges against a Farmington police officer for shooting a man during a struggle in a hospital’s emergency room.

Prosecutor Dustin O’Brien tells the Farmington Daily Times that Officer David Rock’s actions during the Sept. 6 shooting at San Juan Regional Medical Center were reasonable and appropriate.

Rock shot 23-year-old Heriberto Nava-Martinez, who was at the hospital to have his blood tested and to be treated for wounds allegedly suffered during a joy ride.

Police said after the shooting that Nava-Martinez lunged at Rock and initiated a violent struggle

Rock’s body camera video appeared to show the officer firing at Nava-Martinez after the suspect attempted to disarm him and flee.

Nava-Martinez survived the shooting and now faces criminal charges. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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