LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock police continue their investigation into a deadly shooting involving one of their officers. They must determine if the officer acted within department policy.
Officer Jennifer Breazeale remains on administrative leave tonight, following Sunday morning's shooting. LPD says officers are placed on paid leave after traumatic events.
Police report 25-year-old Jermar McKinzie was threatening Zitra Rivera with a knife. KCBD NewsChannel 11 looked into LPD policy on the use of deadly force.
You'll find their policy in chapter 6 of the LPD's procedure manual. Policy states deadly force can be used:
A.) to defend other persons or themselves from what the officer reasonably perceives as an immediate risk of serious bodily injury or death.
B.) effect an arrest or prevent an escape when an officer reasonably believes the suspect or escape has taken or endangered human life, or will endanger human life and alternative means have been attempted or would involved serious bodily injury to other persons or the officer.
In Sec. 9.32 of the Texas penal codes it states:
(a) A person is justified in using deadly force against another:
(1) if the actor would be justified in using force against the other under Section 9.31; and
(2) when and to the degree the actor reasonably believes the deadly force is immediately necessary:
(A) to protect the actor against the other's use or attempted use of unlawful deadly force.
Lubbock police continue their criminal investigation into the altercation between McKinzie and River and their administrative investigation into the actions taken by Officer Breazeale.
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