Suspect Pulls Gun on Good Samaritans After Hit & Run Crash, LPD Says

LUBBOCK, TX - Lubbock Police issued the following statement Thursday morning -- saying a suspect pulled a gun on Good Samaritans in the moments after a hit and run crash.  

Around 9:20 p.m. last night [Thursday night], officers responded to a hit and run accident near 130th Street and Indiana Avenue. Officers determined 32-year-old Christopher Martinez was driving south in the northbound lanes of Indiana Avenue when he struck another car causing minor injuries to the other driver. 

Martinez and three passengers then ran from the scene. Two people in the nearby Market Street parking lot ran after Martinez. They stopped chasing Martinez when he turned around and pointed a firearm at them.

At the same time, a third good Samaritan chased after another passenger who fled the scene. He was able to apprehend 26-year-old Kevin Knowles and bring him back to the scene until police arrived.

Officers and a K9 unit arrived on scene and began searching for Martinez. He was found a short time later in the area and taken into custody. Nearby, officers found a gun that Martinez had attempted to bury in the dirt. Officers found two more firearms in the vehicle he was driving. Two of the three guns had been reported stolen.

Martinez now faces multiple charges that include failure to stop and render aid, two counts of aggravated assault, three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, two counts of theft of a firearm, tampering with evidence, evading on foot, failure to identify as a fugitive, possession of marijuana, and two outstanding felony warrants for evading arrest in a vehicle.

Knowles was arrested for an outstanding warrant for a parole violation.

A third passenger was later located at UMC where she was questioned by police and then released. The fourth passenger in the suspect’s vehicle has not been located.


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