LUBBOCK, Texas — Lubbock Police released a statement on Wednesday concerning the shooting death of Chad Read, 54. Police have not released a name of the shooter, which is standard procedure when no charges have been filed.
However, EverythingLubbock.com raised questions as to the brevity of the police report and the lack of further details in the time since the shooting. Police said in the Wednesday statement that the department was justified in not releasing further details on what led to the shooting.
EverythingLubbock.com pointed out that even when names are not yet released, often the police reports do give a better sense of what led to a crime. Many of these concerns were raised privately in phone conversations. EverythingLubbock.com was not the only news outlet to raise concerns.
Police responded below.
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Lubbock Police Department Statement Regarding Case 21-43709
(LUBBOCK, TX) –The Lubbock Police Department would like to address the concerns of the public regarding case 21-43709, which is currently being investigated by the Metropolitan Special Crimes Unit.
Lubbock Police Officers were called to the 2100 block of 90th Street on Friday, November 5th at 4:20 p.m. for reports of shots fired.
Upon arrival, officers found 54-year-old Chad Read deceased on the scene.
Through the initial course of the investigation, it appears there was a verbal altercation between Read and another male related to a domestic incident that turned physical. Shortly after, shots were fired.
No arrests have been made and the investigation is on-going.
While LPD recognizes there is public interest in this case, there are multiple facets of this on-going investigation that dictate what can and cannot be released to the public, per Texas state law.
Pursuant to Chapter 552 of the Texas Government Code, also known as the Public Information Act, suspect information cannot be released unless there is a direct threat to the public. As stated in the initial news release, there was no ongoing threat to the public.
Regarding the concern surrounding LPD’s report writing process, per department policy, the initial responding officer’s responsibilities dictate the officer “Complete an initial, concise Crime Report, including the basic facts of the incident and the required elements of the crime, then document detailed and evidentiary information in a Supplement Report.”
All original reports that do not require further review before releasing are accessible to the public in our online reporting system once they have gone through the department’s records process. With this particular case, the report was available online once it made it through the records process.
Supplemental reports are not and have never been available to the public, unless they are included in an arrest warrant. The reason for that policy is to protect the integrity of each and every investigation, not to withhold information from the public.
The Lubbock Police Department prides itself on its relationship with the Lubbock community and strives each and every day to be an agency of transparency, no matter who is, or is not connected to an investigation.
We ask for the public’s patience as our investigators continue to work this case, just as it would any other.