Police have identified the people involved in an officer-involved shooting that occurred in central Lubbock early Wednesday morning.
Police say Officer Curtis Fish and Sergeant Ross Hester were patrolling the area of Avenue Q and 50th Street when they saw two men walking in the middle of Avenue Q around 1 a.m.
Police say officers attempted to stop the two - Julian Begay, 27, and Carlos Guevarra, 22 – but the men started running.
"The preliminary investigation leads LPD to believe the two men were in the area for the purpose of committing vehicle burglary," said Jonathan Stewart with LPD.
Guevarra was caught around 48th and Avenue Q, and was taken into custody for outstanding traffic warrants.
Officer Fish chased Begay who ran to a nearby alley next to the Wash-and-Go on Avenue Q. "Officer Fish engaged in a struggle with him, but Begay was able to fight off the officer," said Stewart. "He broke free and began running."
That's when police say Officer Fish tried tasing Begay but that too was unsuccessful. Once again Begay started running and then turned around and pointed a loaded gun at Fish. "Officer Fish believed his life was in immediate danger, and he fired his duty weapon."
Begay fell to the ground, and was then taken to UMC. He died several hours later.
"At this time Begay is believed to possibly be involved in a recent robbery in the same area, as well as being involved in several other violent crimes in Lubbock and other states," said Stewart.
Officer Fish is on administrative leave, which is standard for officer involved shootings. This is his second shooting in less than a year.
Officer Fish is currently being sued by 91-year-old Willie Williams for a shooting incident last September. Williams' family says Willie thought his home was being broken into, and he fired his shotgun. It was actually police outside, and Fish fired his gun back at Willie wounding him.
Now there is confusion on who shot first and that lawsuit is still pending.
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