LPD investigating negligent discharge by officer during chase with suspect

Published: Oct. 16, 2016 at 5:49 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 17, 2016 at 1:22 AM CDT
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D'Morea Robison (Source: Lubbock County Sheriff's Office)
D'Morea Robison (Source: Lubbock County Sheriff's Office)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock Police Assistant Chief John Caspell held a press conference Sunday afternoon to detail reports of a negligent discharge that occurred Sunday morning.

According to Caspell, LPD officers responded to reports of a domestic disturbance in the 5400 block of 79th St. around 10 a.m. Sunday. After a male subject fled the scene, police searched for him for roughly an hour. They had reason to believe he may have been armed.

"This was a person who was a danger to the public," said Caspell. "This was a person who we absolutely believe was armed and a threat to the public."

Caspell said officers then saw the suspect through a tall wooden fence near the 5500 block of 78th St. One of the officers, who had his gun drawn, tried to get through a gate and that's when his gun went off. The shot went through the fence and into the ground.

No injuries were reported.

"This is being investigated as an officer-involved shooting even though it appears on the face that it is a negligent discharge," Caspell said. "We take this very, very serious because we have to."

D'morea Robison, 19, has been charged in relation to the incident. He was booked in the Lubbock County Detention Facility on charges of domestic assault, criminal trespassing, and evading arrest.

The incident comes a week after Lubbock Police Chief Greg Stevens closed the LPD Firing Range due to two negligent discharge incidents in two weeks.

Read more on that story here.

We will continue to update this story as we learn more.

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