US authorities have released bodycam footage of an April 5 shooting when three police officers opened fire and murdered a resident after they showed up at the wrong address in response to a domestic violence call this week.
The videos from body cameras worn by the officers and released by the Farmington Police Department show the officers arriving at a residence and announcing themselves before they start their gunfire.
New Mexico police had received a phone call regarding a domestic violence incident after which the officers mistakenly arrived at Robert Dotson’s home, just across the street from where the incident was reported, according to local and state police.
In the video, one of the officers could be heard knocking at the door of the homeowner, after which Dotson opens the door armed with a handgun. The officers immediately begin shooting and firing multiple rounds toward Dotson, leading him to fall to the ground.
About a minute afterward, a woman can be heard screaming inside the home, prompting more shots to ring out.
According to authorities, Dotson’s wife, not knowing who is at the door, returns fire from the doorway, which prompts the officers to fire again.
Dotson’s wife is heard pleading with officers in the video. "Help! Somebody shot my husband. Please! Please! My kids are upstairs," she yells.
After the gunfire stops, sirens can be heard blaring as more officers arrive.
It still remains a mystery why the officers landed up at the wrong address.
The names of the officers involved have not yet been released, but the authorities have said that two of the officers have been with the department for about five years and the third has been employed for about three years.
The three of them have been currently placed on administrative leave and are expected to be interviewed next week.
A research database states that in the US, an estimated one in 20 gun homicides are committed by the police only, as law enforcement killings have failed to decrease despite years of nationwide protests.
Only last year, the US police committed a homicide of at least 1,192 people, according to Mapping Police Violence.