BROWNFIELD, TX (KCBD) - Brownfield Police continues to seek suspects in an early morning shooting that left 25-year-old Pete Martinez dead. Investigators believe his death could have been in retaliation for an armed robbery just a block away from his northeast Brownfield home, but authorities say Martinez was never considered a suspect in that robbery. Now, his family is asking those responsible to do the right thing.
Brownfield police were alerted to an armed robbery on in the 300 Block of East Stewart Street around 11:45 p.m. Sunday. One of the victim's flagged down a Terry County Sheriff's Deputy. He told the deputy two men robbed him and another man at gun point, taking an undetermined amount of money and a pair of tennis shoes.
When police officers responded, the victims did not wish to file a report or charges. "That grew concerns for officers thinking maybe there was going to be retaliation," Brownfield Police Chief Tony Serbantez said.
Police tell NewsChannel 11 about an hour and a half after the robbery call, they received a report of shots fired just a block south of Stewart Street on North A Street. "We believe that the victims of the robbery who declined to file charges are possibly suspects to the homicide. Pete Martinez was not considered a suspect in the first incident of the robbery. They went to his residence looking for the suspect in the first incident," Serbantez said.
Authorities say Martinez got into a verbal altercation with a group of around seven people. Two shots were fired. One struck Martinez in the neck. First responders rushed him to Brownfield Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Police had not made any arrests by Monday evening; they continued to seek several suspects in the case. Now, Martinez's family asks those responsible to do the right thing. "I'm a Christian man. I was mad, but I know that I had to forgive them. I just hope that whoever did it will change his life, learn from this experience here," Martinez's father Pete Martinez Senior said.
If you have any information about this shooting you're asked to call the Brownfield Police Department at (806) 637-2511.
A memorial fund is in place to help the Martinez family with funeral arrangements. Donations will be accepted at Lone Star State Bank in Brownfield.
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