LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - A suspect is now in custody after two deputies were stabbed near Walmart at Quaker and the South Loop.
A witness tells us the trouble began around 6:40 p.m. when a deputy confronted a man he thought was shoplifting. The suspect was stopped outside of the Garden Department walking out with a set of tools.
The Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office released this statement on Sunday night:
On June 20, 2020, at approximately 6:00 p.m., a Sheriff’s deputy working security in full uniform at Walmart on Quaker Ave & South Loop 289, when he approached a shoplifter.
The deputy made several verbal commands to get the individual to stop. Once a second deputy arrived deputies attempted to apprehend the suspect who fought deputies pulled out a knife stabbing both deputies. The suspect was able to flee the scene running Northbound across the loop.
A third deputy arrived was able to render aid to both deputies with the help of several good Samaritans. Both deputies were taken to an area hospital by EMS.
As of last night one deputy has been released from the hospital, the second deputy still remains in the hospital. The deputies have been Identified as Deputy Constantino Galvaz, and Deputy Samuel Delarrosa.
The suspect, Miko Devon Butler, was taken into custody at approximately 10:30 p.m., after a manhunt that lasted several hours. Butler’s grandmother identified him for deputies. Butler’s grandmother confirmed him wearing a shirt she has bought him. Butler was taken to the hospital for medical attention after suffering a K-9 bite.
Butler has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault of a public servant, and is currently being held on a $300,000 bond.
According to the warrant issued for Butler, an enhancement has been added to his charges. In 2016, Butler was convicted in a Lubbock County District Court on a felony offense of burglary of a habitation.
Rep. Jodey Arrington (TX-19) released the following statement in response to the stabbing of two Lubbock County Sheriff deputies on Saturday evening:
“This is a tragic reminder of the dangerous situations men and women in law enforcement encounter on a daily basis. We can’t hamstring our police while defending themselves against dangerous criminals and protecting law abiding citizens,” said Arrington.
“I will not tie the hands of law enforcement, defund or federalize the police, nor will I penalize the vast majority of honorable officers because of a small percentage of bad cops and isolated incidents. I ask the Lubbock community to join me in praying for these deputies and their families.”