Santa Fe agrees to pay family of man shot by police officer

New Mexico

The city of Santa Fe has agreed to pay the family of a 77-year-old former police officer shot by police. 

It comes more than five years after the incident, but KRQE News 13 has learned much of the money won’t be going to the family itself. 

The 77-year-old, Robert Dominguez, was confronted by a Santa Fe Police officer inside his neighbor’s home in March 2013. 

Dominguez watched over his neighbors’ home when they were away. On this night, their alarm went off and Dominguez responded. 

What happened next is hard to listen to. 

“Hey, Santa Fe police! Keep your hands, keep your hands down, sir! Santa Fe police!” Officer Laramie is heard saying. 

The officer fired seven shots, three of which hit Dominguez. 

“How old are you?” Laramie asked. 

“Seventy-seven. I’m an ex-policeman,” Dominguez answered. 

“Why did you pull your gun out on me?” the officer asked. 

“I didn’t mean to,” Dominguez said. 

“You pulled it right out at me. I said, ‘Santa Fe police,'” Laramie said. 

“I couldn’t hear you. I’m trying to get that alarm off,” Dominguez replied. 

Dominguez spent months in the hospital and died 10 months later from complications from his gunshot wounds. 

While the District Attorney cleared the officer of any wrongdoing, the family says it never should have happened. 

They sued, arguing the officer falsely claimed Dominguez pulled a gun. They claim he wasn’t even holding it when the shooting occurred. 

While the city is not admitting wrongdoing, it has agreed to settle with the family and pay them $212,500. However, it’s unclear how much money the family will actually get. 

Dominguez, a Navy veteran, was in and out of the hospital for almost a year after the shooting. 

The lawsuit says the VA Hospital has first rights to the money to satisfy Dominguez’s medical bills. 

It does not say how much those bills are. 

A spokesman for the city did not want to comment on the settlement. The money paid to the family is taxpayer money. 

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