A shooting of any kind is uncommon in Seagraves, a city about 60 miles south of Lubbock, and an officer-involved shooting, even rarer. That’s why residents in the town of about 2,500 people are so shocked about what happened on Monday night.
According to DPS, a Seagraves police officer was initiating a traffic stop near 9th and Avenue J in Seagraves and after a short chase between the officer and the suspect, the suspect shot at the officer and the officer returned fire. Both people were injured and taken to UMC.
“There are gunshots, in the middle of a block, with kids playing, riding their bikes. What is going on?” said Watasha Houston, a lifelong Seagrave resident.
She said shootings don’t happen often here and it’s usually very peaceful.
“It’s quiet out here, so you can hear everything and then you hear the whole malitia come out,” said Houston. “I mean Seagraves, Seminold police were here, the fire department, the ambulance. It was chaotic, cops were coming from everywhere.”
Many neighbors in the area were also surprised to hear gunfire in their neighborhood. One neighbor, who didn’t wish to be quoted, said he was so scared he hid on his floor, afraid a stray bullet would come through his window.
And another neighbor said he helped give the suspect medical aid when he saw him lying on the street.
Houston said many of the residents came out of their houses following the shooting to help deliver aid.
“Right or wrong, we still came to the aid of him, he had someone there to help. Strangers stopped to give assistance,” Houston said. “When the officer made it to the ambulance barn, the principal from the elementary ran over to give assistance to give him aid.”
But many residents still have questions about exactly what happened, something they hope they know soon. DPS told our reporter they expect to have an update from the Texas Rangers investigation on Wednesday afternoon, which should include the suspects name and what charges he could possibly face.
The officer is expected to be okay. The suspect’s condition is not known at this time.
EverythingLubbock.com requested the bodycam video, but we’re told it’s part of the Texas Rangers investigation.