LUBBOCK, Texas — Lubbock Police, Texas DPS Troopers and Metro Crimes Unit responded to an officer-involved shooting at about 2:30 p.m. just west of Regis Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
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According to LPD, one suspect died on the scene. DPS said one officer had minor injuries from being pinned between two vehicles. LPD said a second officer suffered minor injuries as well.
Police said the initial call was when police tried to make a traffic stop in the 1700 block of East Dartmouth at 2:12 p.m. Later, officials said the traffic stop was part of an operation by TAG or the Texas Anti-Gang unit.
DPS later explained that officers were able to get the vehicle stopped in the area of 10th Street and Ute Avenue. From there, it became a foot chase.
One suspect, DPS said, then ran to a car and carjacked someone. The victim was hanging onto the car and was dragged for a short distance, DPS said.
The situation then became a high-speed vehicle chase.
The driver of the stolen vehicle spun out and stopped on Regis Street west of Martin Luther King Boulevard. DPS said officers surrounded the stolen vehicle. The suspect tried to ram officers, DPS said, and officers used deadly force by firing their guns.
The suspect was pronounced dead on the scene. The shots-fired call came in at 2:34 p.m. near the intersection of Regis and MLK, police later confirmed.
Police and DPS have not yet publicly identified the name of the man who was shot and killed.
Regis Street was blocked off in both directions.
Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop in the 1700 block of E. Dartmouth Street. Officers pursued the vehicle and shots were fired. The Metro Unit is responding to the scene.— Lubbock Police Dept. (@LubbockPolice) April 16, 2020
The following is a press release provided Thursday evening by Lubbock Police:
Area Law Enforcement Agencies Involved in Pursuit
(LUBBOCK, TX) – On April 16 around 2 p.m., Texas Anti-Gang Unit and the DPS helicopter were operating in the area of 1700 East Dartmouth Street when they noticed a stolen vehicle.
TAG attempted to make a stop which led to a pursuit. The vehicle came to a stop, and three suspects exited the vehicle at the intersection of East 10th Street and Ute Avenue. One suspect was apprehended.
During this time, an officer noticed a suspect attempting to steal a different vehicle from a victim which led to another pursuit. It is unknown if the two incidents are related at this time.
Area law enforcement attempted to force the vehicle to stop. The suspect refused to stop and injured a DPS Trooper. Multiple shots were fired at the suspect. The suspect was pronounced deceased on scene.
The DPS Trooper and an LPD Officer had minor non-life-threatening injuries.