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9/3/10

Lubbock officer injured in shooting while trying to serve warrant

Jose Juan Ortega, Source: Department of Public Safety Jose Juan Ortega, Source: Department of Public Safety
Officer Gerardo Torres Officer Gerardo Torres

By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -  A suspect is shot by Lubbock Police after he first fired a round in their direction. He is now a Lubbock hospital.

Lubbock officers were called to the 300 block of 54th Street early Friday morning to serve an arrest warrant for the Hockley County Sheriff's Office.

Apparently the suspect was at his girlfriend's home when this whole thing unfolded.

"I just woke up about 3:30 this morning and I saw lights, so I looked outside and I just saw a whole bunch of yellow ribbon around," said Ruben Molina.

Molina lives across the street from his sister when he woke up Friday morning to a crime scene.

"I was kind of curious what was going on because my little nieces are over there," said Molina.

Two Lubbock Police Officers went to Molina's sister's home to serve an arrest warrant. The suspect had an outstanding warrant for an aggravated assault charge as well as a parole violation for a previous burglary charge.

Molina says the suspect is his sister's boyfriend.

"You can't expect to know anybody out here to be bad or good, you know stuff just happens, but I don't think he was a bad guy," said Molina.

Lubbock police say the suspect was outside this home when they got to the scene.

"When the officers approached the suspect he did not corporate," said Captain Greg Stevens with the Lubbock Police Department.

The suspect fired a shot at the officers. Then 35-year-old officer Gerado Torres responded and shot back.

"One of the officers the one that in fact fired the return shot was injured in the scuffle, he was not shot, but he was injured in the scuffle," said Stevens.

Officer Torres only suffered minor injuries.

Lubbock Police as well as their internal affairs office is investigating this case.

The suspect's name has not been released, and he has not been arrested, because he is still in surgery at UMC, but with these actions, police say he could face an attempted capital murder charge.

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