Quiet neighborhood shocked by afternoon SWAT callout

Published: May. 7, 2014 at 11:57 PM CDT|Updated: May. 7, 2014 at 11:58 PM CDT
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Anthony Lopez
Anthony Lopez
Michael Allen
Michael Allen
Mariano Flores
Mariano Flores

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Homeowners in the area of 63rd and Avenue U were shocked Wednesday afternoon when a domestic disturbance turned deadly.

"We had cops in the alley and then SWAT team sitting down at the end... We had guys sitting outside in the alley talking about looking for somebody, helicopter flying around five or six times, so I just checked to make sure someone wasn't in the backyard. I just didn't know what was going on," said neighborhood resident Michael Allen. "Didn't know if somebody was getting robbed or someone was tearing things down and breaking into something."

Mariano Flores only found out what was happening after receiving a call from his wife.

"She went out to the backyard to smoke and while she was sitting out there she noticed the police officers were sitting in the alley. It appeared like they had their weapons drawn, like they were trying to hunt somebody down," he said. "The first thing I told her, I said, honey I need for you to get back inside the house because I sure would hate for some gunfire or something to start and you might get hit by a stray bullet or something."

Officers remained on the scene most of the afternoon continuing to investigate, causing many people coming home from work to wonder what happened.

"I had just got out of work and I was just heading back to the house and the whole street was blocked off," said Anthony Lopez. "There were cops everywhere."

Area residents say normally it is a very quiet neighborhood and weren't worried about further incidents.

"It's unusual that it happened this way," Allen said. "Most of the time it doesn't happen like that around here. My mom's in a wheelchair, I take care of her at night, so I have to make sure to keep track of everything around here, keep the door locked, the fence locked, that kind of stuff."

"I trust the Lord that he's going to take care of me," Flores said.

"I'm not worried," Lopez said. "I've seen worse."

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