Lubbock man killed by Childress police was brother of child killed at McDonald's drive-thru

Lubbock man killed by Childress police was brother of child killed at McDonald's drive-thru
Steven Rene Cortez (Source: GoFundMe)
Damien Cortez (Source: Family members)
Damien Cortez (Source: Family members)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Family members of the man killed in the officer-involved shooting in Childress last week say he was the brother of the 12-year-old who was shot in a vehicle in the drive-thru at McDonald's at 50th Street and I-27 in February.

The man involved in the officer-involved shooting has been identified as 20-year-old Steven Rene Cortez from Lubbock. The shooting happened on Friday, March 23. Police say Cortez failed to stop for a traffic violation, evading law enforcement south on US-287 through Donley and Hall Counties.

Spikes were used to stop Cortez, but he got out of the car and ran on foot.

Police were able to make contact with him a short time later.

Officials say Cortez pointed a handgun at the officers, and the officers shot him. He was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries.

The Texas Rangers continue investigating this incident.

In February, 12-year-old Damien Cortez was accidentally shot while inside a vehicle in the drive-thru at McDonald's. The investigation revealed there were six people inside a vehicle going through the drive-thru. One of the 12-year-old's siblings, a teenager, was in possession of a gun. At some point inside the car, the gun was pulled out and was fired, striking the 12-year-old.

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