Double Shooting Ends in Homicide - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/2/04

Double Shooting Ends in Homicide

Lubbock Sheriff's Office Lubbock Sheriff's Office

Inside the ambulance, an EMS paramedic pumped life into 79-year-old Dorman Shaw. Minutes earlier police received a desperate call to 9-1-1. "The victim advised he was being beaten to death by the suspect," said Lubbock Police Chief Claude Jones.

When authorities arrived they saw 29-year-old Barry Lee Thoms fleeing the scene. A foot chase ensued for half a block, at which point Thoms allegedly stopped and turned towards the officer. "Mr. Thoms presented a small semi-automatic hand gun, pointed it at the officer, and advanced towards the officer," said Jones. Ignoring orders to drop the weapon, Corporal Stan Bloodworth fire six rounds, hitting Thoms between two and four times.

Back at the house, Dorman Shaw was found lying on the kitchen floor, also shot, between two and four times, allegedly by Thoms. Both men were taken to UMC. Thoms is listed in critical condition, Shaw died from his injuries nearly 24 hours later.

As to motive? Authorities say robbery, and that Shaw and Thoms knew each other. What's more, sources have told NewsChannel 11 that issues surrounding gambling may have been involved. Authorities are also investigating whether or not Shaw was shot with his own gun.

Corporal Bloodworth was uninjured and has been placed on administrative leave, as is customary, pending the outcome of an internal investigation regarding the shooting.

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