DPS identifies man in chase, standoff near 58th and Ave Q.

Barricaded suspect in custody after chase

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Lubbock Police, Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers and the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office all responded to a chase which started near 58th and Avenue J Thursday afternoon. Officials say the suspect barricaded inside an apartment, but an hour after the ordeal began the suspect was in custody.

Officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety have identified the man as 27-year-old Carlos Francisco Cortez III, of Odessa.

Carlos Francisco Cortez III, 27, of Odessa
Carlos Francisco Cortez III, 27, of Odessa (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)

He has been charged with evade in a vehicle, felon in possession of a firearm, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and evading arrest. He also had a warrant out of Odessa for evading arrest or detention with a motor vehicle.

He is being held in the Lubbock County Detention Center on a combined $36,000.

Lubbock police received a report someone was driving on the grass at the apt complex around 3:35 p.m. Officers were dispatched to investigate. LSO and DPS advised Lubbock police they were in pursuit with the suspect vehicle, which started as a traffic stop because the vehicle didn’t have a front license plate. During the chase, deputies and troopers learned the vehicle was previously reported as stolen.

Ella Apartment Police Chase
Ella Apartment Police Chase (Source: KCBD)

The suspect vehicle did not stop.

At one point, around 3:40 p.m., the suspect vehicle was driven into the Ella Apartments courtyard area, which is a grassy area. The suspect got out of the vehicle, tried to run and jump a fence. The suspect then got back into the vehicle and tried to leave, but crashed into a barricade. He then barricaded himself inside of an apartment.

Vehicle Crash at Ella Apartment during Police Chase
Vehicle Crash at Ella Apartment during Police Chase (Source: KCBD)

After a brief standoff, the suspect was taken into custody. The suspect was taken to the hospital for a dog bite from a police K-9.

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