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Police identify suspect in shots fired, hit-and-run crash in South Lubbock

Updated: Dec. 10, 2020 at 4:11 PM CST
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - 22-year-old John Anthony Rivera, Jr. is now in custody after a shots fired call led to a crash at 90th and Indiana Ave on Wednesday morning.

The crash happened just before 11 a.m.

John Anthony Rivera Jr., 22, of Lubbock
John Anthony Rivera Jr., 22, of Lubbock(Lubbock County Detention Center)
Injuries reported after multiple vehicle crash near 90th and Indiana Ave.
Injuries reported after multiple vehicle crash near 90th and Indiana Ave.(KCBD NewsChannel 11)

Police say officers initially responded to a domestic disturbance in the 3300 block of 90th Street. Officials say one person called another person outside of the household, who arrived with a shotgun. The suspect, later identified as Rivera, shot windows of a vehicle in the driveway of the house and also shot into a bedroom window.

Rivera and a female from inside the house left in a white passenger vehicle, but as they tried to cross Indiana Ave., they crashed into an SUV. The police report says Rivera ran the stop sign.

A suspect fired a shotgun at a vehicle and a house in the 3300 block of 90th Street on Dec. 9,...
A suspect fired a shotgun at a vehicle and a house in the 3300 block of 90th Street on Dec. 9, 2020.(KCBD NewsChannel 11)

Police say Rivera got out of the vehicle and threw the shotgun into a bush and ran west on 90th Street. A citizen witnessed the situation and confronted the suspect, who then pulled a knife. Rivera then jumped fences in the alley, into and out of backyards. The witness noticed what was in Rivera’s hands was a knife and not a gun. The police report says the citizen tackled Rivera and escorted him back to the scene of the crash. Officers found the knife in a nearby backyard.

Rivera is currently in the Lubbock County Detention Center, charged with two counts of aggravated assault, theft of a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, tampering with evidence and failure to stop and render aid.

The passenger was taken to the hospital with serious injuries from the crash. One person in the SUV was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

No one inside the house was injured from the shots fired.

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