Police standoff in Tahoka turns deadly - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Police standoff in Tahoka turns deadly

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The Tahoka Police Department issued a written statement today addressing the shooting yesterday that involved an on-duty police officer that turned deadly.

"The City of Tahoka has placed a City officer involved in a shooting while on duty in the City on December 23, 2012 on paid administrative leave, pending investigation of the incident by the Texas Department of Public Safety – Texas Rangers."

It continued to say that there will be no further statement from any city official until after the investigation.

Family members tell us the man who was shot dead yesterday is 35-year-old Rodney Moore.

Moore is from Post and moved to Tahoka four months ago to work at a cotton gin.

He was married and had six children, three of his kids were from a previous marriage. 

Elmer Wilson says he is Moore's great uncle and he was renting a house to Moore.  Wilson lives right next door to where it all happened and said he has never seen anything like this before in his neighborhood.

"It was bad. They had a big old tie or something up here, trying to hold the blood in him before he ran out. It was out there on the ground. There's blood out there now," Moore said.

Wilson said the police could have handled the situation much better.

"They didn't have to kill him. I felt like they should have shot him in his arm or foot or something. They could have put him down without killing him like that," he said.

We did reach out to Tahoka Police for confirmation, but they told us they could not answer any of our questions. 

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