Family Reacts to Man Being Shot by Lubbock Police - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/25/07

Family Reacts to Man Being Shot by Lubbock Police

Neighbors tell NewsChannel 11 that they are shocked by 41-year-old Domingo Flores' behavior Thursday night. It's a different side to the man who is known among his neighbors as a loving husband and father who works hard to provide for his wife and children.

"We were out mowing my grass and I heard a gunshot and I had my family out in the back and I got upset got mad, you know, because you know it's dangerous," says neighbor Jessie Gutierrez.

Until Thursday night Gutierrez says Flores was the perfect next door neighbor.

"I saw him in the back sitting on the chair with his pistol in his hand. I asked him what was going on, he said nothing, everything's fine," says Gutierrez.

For the first time Gutierrez says he saw a different side of a man who always seemed to be a doting father and husband.

"I said can I replace your pistol? Can I take it; can I get it out of the way? He said no everything's fine. Then he started getting mad, I could tell he was getting mad," says Gutierrez.

Little did Gutierrez know that the night would end with a brief standoff where a Lubbock Police officer would shoot Flores. Now neighbors and family members are asking what triggered Flores to act out.

"Yesterday (Thursday) was very unusual - just kind of shocking," says Antonio Flores, Domingo Flores' brother.

Antonio Flores thought he knew exactly what made his brother tick.

"I don't know if he'd been to the doctor or taken any medication," says Antonio.

And if he could turn back time there would be no reason to take a closer look.

"We worked on this house together, just fixing it up. We laughed and sang and played music. He's a very pleasant guy, loves to laugh, loves to make everyone laugh," says Antonio.

Antonio says now all they can do is hope and pray that Flores' laughter will soon replace the silence that's now taken up residence. 

Flores' brother did say the police officers he's come in contact with have been very professional and he also says it seems like they did what they thought they needed to do.

5/25/07
LPD Releases Video Of Officer-Involved Shooting
Lubbock police release dash-cam video that shows exactly what happened during Thursday's officer-involved shooting.  LPD Officer Chris Miller shot 41-year-old Domingo Flores Junior, after Flores reportedly pointed a gun at officers.  NewsChannel 11's Ben Lawson has the latest.

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