Lubbock police have arrested the man they believe is responsible for a homicide in West Lubbock early Thursday morning. They believe it started as a minor traffic accident, and escalated into a shooting.
Deputies with the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office arrested Steven Dan Torres, 25, at his Lubbock County home just hours later. Torres is now charged with the murder of James Daniel Green, 24. Investigators do not believe the two men knew each other. However, evidence suggests two men argued at the Town & Country convenience store located at 19th and Milwaukee, after Green allegedly backed into Torres' truck.
Police responded around 2:30am, upon hearing reports of shots fired in the area. Moments later, another unit was called to a traffic accident at 24th Street and West Loop 289.
Police quickly determined the cases were related, and that the vehicle that crashed into the utility pole was driven by Green. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Investigators believe Torres shot at Green's car as it left the convenience store, and one of those bullets hit Green. Minutes later, he succumbed to those injuries and crashed his car.
"Clearly, this is a homicide situation," said Captain Greg Stevens, of the Lubbock Police Department. "(This is) not a traffic accident situation."
Green was not driving alone. There was a passenger sitting beside him, however that person was not injured.
This investigation is still ongoing.
Daniel Green was well known in many Lubbock circles, and his death is felt deeply by all who knew him. His story, coming up tonight on NewsChannel 11 at Six.
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