Police: Officer feared for his life, fired 11 shots in deadly shooting

Published: Aug. 26, 2014 at 2:03 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 27, 2014 at 12:06 AM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - We're learning more about the moments leading up to an officer-involved shooting that left a man dead Monday night.

Lubbock police say Guadalupe Esquivel, Jr., 51, was threatening to harm a woman and her children before police arrived at the 2800 block of Cornell Street shortly before 10 p.m.

Police say Esquivel, Jr. was threatening to harm his former common law spouse. They say he went to a laundromat where she worked and pointed a pistol at her. Police say he told her that he was going to her home on Cornell to harm her children.

The woman immediately called police before barricading herself inside the home. When police arrived, they say a bystander pointed out Esquivel, Jr. who was walking towards the home.

An officer approached him. That's when police say he raised his pistol at the officer. The officer fired 11 shots.

"How many rounds struck the suspect, that we don't know yet. That will be pending the autopsy results. We don't believe all 11. Suffice it to say, the officer continued to fire until the suspect was down on the ground and no longer a threat to him," LPD Assistant Chief Greg Stevens said.

Stevens says that the department feels the officer feared for his life and was left with no choice but to shoot Esquivel.

"Any time you have a loss of life it's a tragic situation and regretfully we weren't able to arrive at a peaceful resolution to this," he said. "From what we can tell at this point, the officer was left with no choice. He had to resort to using deadly force.”

Stevens said eye witnesses were a huge help to the investigation.

"I think it goes towards the relationship that we are fortunate to have in Lubbock, Texas with members of the community, that we got that kind of support from people who watched this occur not only willingly gave statements but gave accurate statements as well from what we can tell," he said.

"His weapon was in fact loaded and again, taking what we know so far from the 911 call from the history just from yesterday evening, ostensibly, he was in fact walking to that residence I think to commit a violent act and possibly kill the victim and/or her children.”

An LPD review board will now examine the evidence and make a decision about what actions, if any, need to be taken.

"We will assign a shooting review board which will consist of police department commanders as well as an officer from his rank. They'll review everything from an administrative standpoint and a policy standpoint. They'll render a decision and then ultimately a decision will be made," Stevens said.

The woman who made the 911 call said she believed Esquivel, Jr. was drunk, but LPD says they won't know that for sure until an autopsy is performed. Stevens added that right now the investigation is ongoing.

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