Police report: Family says man who died in LPD custody was 'high

Police report: Family says man who died in LPD custody was 'high on meth'

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Guerra, from an earlier booking Guerra, from an earlier booking
LUBBOCK, Texas -

Lubbock Police Chief Greg Stevens says a man is dead after officers used tasers on him multiple times while they tried arresting him Friday morning at a home on 31st Street east of University Avenue.

Stevens said the man, Albert Guerra, 35, was combative and would not listen to officers' orders. His family called 911, requesting help because Guerra was belligerent, showed erratic behavior and had damaged property.

According to a police report, Guerra's mother told the officer he was "high on meth, breaking items in the residence, and talking to people who were not there." Officers responded to help EMS. The officers discovered he had an outstanding warrant for criminal trespass.

The police report states Guerra tried to shut the door and flee into the house, when the officers entered the residence and confronted Guerra just inside the door, attempting to take him into custody.

Stevens said officers unsuccessfully used a taser on Guerra a first time. "They attempted that a second time with better effects. And that occurred just inside the front door of the house," Stevens said. Guerra's mom and dad were present for the scuffle, which led out into the front yard. Their neighbor was also present. "I don't have the exact number of times he was tased," Stevens said. "That's something we will be able to determine."

Officers were then able to cuff Guerra. At some point he became unresponsive. Paramedics were already on-scene. He was taken to the hospital, where he died. 

Stevens said Internal Affairs will conduct an administrative investigation, looking into policies and procedures; and homicide detectives will conduct a death investigation.

"Both of those are ongoing they are well underway. There is still a lot of things to look at, a lot of people to talk to. There were family members present, there other witnesses present. There were just the two officers on scene another third officer arrived shortly after the suspect was in custody," Stevens said. 

Two officers are on administrative leave, which is standard protocol. Body cameras were enabled during the incident.


Watch Stevens' news briefing below:

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