LPD chief: Despite 'alarming' number of homicides, Lubbock is sa

LPD chief: Despite 'alarming' number of homicides, Lubbock is safe

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

It has been a violent start to the New Year in Lubbock with five murders within a two-week period. Lubbock Police Chief Greg Stevens conceded this is alarming Lubbock residents, but said these homicides are not random acts of violence and are not connected.                                               

"These involved drugs, they're drug related, or they involved domestic violence, or ongoing disputes between others or two individuals," Stevens said.

Two out of the five murder victims are teenagers, raising concern for parents. 

"These cases don't impact the Lubbock citizens," Stevens said. "The 16 or 17 year old boy going to band practice, going to their evening job at the supermarket or things like that." 

While LPD is fully staffed, Stevens does not know if adding more patrol officers will prevent these shootings. 

"These situations I think may very likely have occurred even if we had 10 or 15 more people out on the streets," Stevens said.

Stevens said it is a team effort, between narcotics officers, detectives, and sheriff's deputies. 

"We want to look at it from a lot of different angles, and we'll continue to brainstorm on that," Stevens said. "I think as we continue to expand, and each year try to put more staffing into the budget, continue to work on narcotics enforcement, things like that. I think that there's certainly a chance that those efforts will could have some preventative measurement but I just don't think you can know for sure." 

He said each investigation is moving swiftly and expects two of out the five cases to be classified as murders.

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