Suspect in Police Shooting and High-Speed Chase Sentenced to 30 Years in Federal Prison
A Lubbock resident attempted to evade police after being pulled over by officers from the Lamesa Police Department. Law enforcement discovered that he had an active warrant for discharging a firearm and was on parole. When they shouted commands at him, he allegedly responded with gunfire before leaving the scene in an attempt to escape.
According to legal documents, the suspect allegedly drove off and led the police officers on a high-speed chase. He drove towards a county road and reached speeds of over 115 miles per hour. He then proceeded to an unpaved road and managed to lose the officers on his tail. Officers found the vehicle abandoned a little while later and discovered a 12-gauge shotgun, fanny pack with over 40 grams of methamphetamine, and ammunition.
Not far from the abandoned car, law enforcement saw a man who admitted to being in the backseat of the vehicle with the alleged driver. He stated that he was planning to buy $20 worth of methamphetamine before officers had pulled them over.
Police officers decided to dispatch a bloodhound tracking canine from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and a helicopter from the Department of Public Safety to find the alleged suspect. It wasn’t until 2:45 the following morning that they located him in a field with his girlfriend. They were lying down on top of two guns approximately eight miles from the abandoned car. Upon his arrest, the man chose to waive his right to remain silent and admitted that he was a methamphetamine distributor and discharged a firearm to advance his criminal activities. All this took place in November of 2020.
In April 2021, the Lubbock suspect pleaded guilty to one count of discharge of firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and one count of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. On July 29, 2021, the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas announced that a U.S. District Judge sentenced the man to 30 years in federal prison.
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