Lubbock police track down suspect after shooting - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/14/09

Lubbock police track down suspect after shooting

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - What started with a call to police just before 11:00 Friday night claiming someone was breaking into a central Lubbock home, ended with one suspect lying on a front porch with a bullet wound, about a mile away from the scene.   

A witness told police they saw a white care back into the driveway of the house at 1902 63rd street followed by the sound of breaking glass. Soon, officer Jess Karren arrived on scene and found two men running away from the home where he said they jumped into a white vehicle. Karren drew his gun and approached the suspects.  He said he told the suspects to stop, but the driver accelerated in Karren's direction. The officer fired two shots at the driver, then the vehicle sped off. Karren said he tried to pursue but could not catch up to the vehicle.

About a half hour later, dispatch sent police to a disturbance at Applegate Shady Acres,  a mobile home park along I-27, that's south of 63rd street, just across the Loop 289. The caller told authorities they discovered a man on the front porch who had possibly been shot.     

Investigators determined the suspect was connected to the burglary. EMS took him to University Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his torso. Police have not released the suspect's name.

At last report, the suspect was in critical condition. Authorities found the suspect vehicle near 84th and the interstate a short time later. They're still searching for other suspects involved in the case.  Officer Karren is on temporary administrative leave. That is standard policy for officers involved in a shooting.

If you know anything that could help investigators, call Crime Line at (806) 741-1000.

Police have scheduled a news conference for Sunday.  NewsChannel 11 will be there to bring you the latest as it develops.

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