Officer Joseph Barreto Shot In The Line Of Duty


Hello, I am Tezz, a friend and fellow Officer with Joseph Barreto, I am creating this GoFundMe for him and his beautiful family during this hard time. All of the proceeds from any donation will be going to him and his family and them only. This is his story. 


On the night of January 7th, 2022, Officer Joseph Barreto was conducting a DWI investigation in Farmington, New Mexico. The occupants of the vehicle in question bailed from the vehicle on foot. Officer Barreto located two individuals walking in the near area and the male (who recently escaped La Plata County Jail) opened fire upon him. Thanks to Officer Barreto’s fellow Officers quick aid he was taken to the local hospital immediately. Officer Joseph Barreto underwent successful surgery the following morning to retrieve the bullet from his body. 

Joseph is on a long road to recovery from his significant injury with his Wife Kaelee and their 3 year old son Kameron, as well as other family members. He is the soul provider for his family. Joseph has not only put his life on the line for his community but for his country as well. Joseph has been with our local Police Department for 3 years serving his community. Before that he has also served his country with the New Mexico National Guard as a Infantryman for 5 years. 



Due to this incident being work related, Officer Joseph Barreto’s medical services are being paid by Workman’s Comp. and is on paid Administrative Leave at the moment. Officers rely heavily on overtime to help pay bills and due to his current injury will only be receiving his base salary. It is unclear if or when he will be able to return to work. His coworkers families have already set up a food train for the Barreto family.

Any donations given to this fundraiser will go directly to Joseph, Kaelee and Kameron for any daily and unforeseen expenses in the future. GoFundMe does charge a 2.9% transaction fee plus .30 cents per donation on EACH transaction. 

Any donation or even sharing of this fundraiser for Officer Joseph Barreto and his family will be tremendously appreciated and they thank you in advance. Thank you for taking the time to read about his story. Stay safe! 

01/15/2022 - Hey y’all! YOU ALL ARE AMAZING! Living in such a supportive community willing to help the ones that protect them is a true honor! The Barreto family and myself want to thank you for contributing to this fundraiser by donating and sharing it as well! We all could not be more grateful for y’all putting your hard earned money towards them for support!

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    • $10 
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    • $10 
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    • $50 
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Organizer and beneficiary

Tezzarea Fernandez-Elliott 
Farmington, NM
Joseph Barreto 
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