LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Authorities arrest the man charged for the death of a Lubbock County Sheriff's Deputy. A trooper with the Department of Public Safety escorted Justin McKinney, 25 into the Lubbock County Jail around 7:00 p.m. Monday.
McKinney is charged with intoxicated manslaughter for the death of Lubbock County Sheriff's Corporal D. Robert Harvey, 29. Harvey died early Sunday morning when he collided with McKinney's truck at East 88th Street and Martin Luther King Blvd.
McKinney was just released from University Medical Center Monday afternoon. Authorities tell NewsChannel 11 they arrested him at a home in Abernathy without incident. McKinney walked into the jail in flannel pants and his arm in a sling.
Investigators say he and his passenger, Justin Walkup, 24 were ejected from the pick-up McKinney was driving when he collided with Harvey. Walkup remained hospitalized Monday night in serious condition.
Authorities issued an arrest warrant for McKinney late Monday evening for intoxicated manslaughter. The probable cause affidavit states officers detected an odor of alcohol from McKinney. It also states investigators found an open container of beer, still containing beer, and several empty cans of beer lying on the ground near the crash site. The affidavit goes on the state McKinney had a receipt on him indicating he purchased $24.00 worth of alcohol, and that he displayed many signs of intoxication.
"I want to thank the Lubbock community for supporting and recognizing that Corporal Harvey was a true public servant and gave his ultimate sacrifice for this community," Lubbock County Sheriff David Gutierrez said. Gutierrez tells NewsChannel 11 that Harvey served the community with excellence at the sheriff's office since October of 2001.
"We see that Corporal Harvey was 29 when he passed away, but I believe we are all better off because Corporal Harvey was born, even taken at such a young life, he made an impression, an impact on my life and I know, in speaking to the men and women at the sheriff's office, that he made an impact on their lives," Gutierrez said.
Harvey's family will hold visitation services Tuesday at Calvillo Funeral Home from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church. A memorial fund has also been set up at City Bank in Harvey's name.
Harvey is the first deputy in Lubbock County to be killed in the line of duty in more than a decade. Lubbock County Deputy Sheriff Rudy Gonzales died in February of 1996 under similar circumstances.
Gonzales was responding to a call that night, when an intoxicated driver crashed into his vehicle along the Slaton Highway. Like Harvey's vehicle, the crash caused Gonzales' cruiser to burst into flames. Both Gonzales and the other driver died at the scene.
Lubbock County Deputy killed in the line of duty