Father believes son didn't have to die during arrest

Father believes son didn't have to die during arrest

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

An initial call for medical assistance Friday morning ended with the loss of a family member. 

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

The grieving parents are having trouble understanding why their son died while in police custody. Albert Guerra said he will always remember his son, Albert Jr., as a cheerful person and a loving father to his grandchildren. 

"His only bad thing was when he got on drugs, we just couldn't get him off, we tried, numerous times I tried to get him help," said Guerra. "It had to be him asking for it, and he would tell me when I talked to him about it, 'I don't have a problem dad, I'm going to get past this'." 

Friday morning was troubling. Albert Jr. started acting out. His mother eventually called EMS for medical assistance. The police showed up after EMS paramedics struggled to help. One officer walked up to front door of the home, attempting to talk to Albert, while the other officer ran his name finding out he had a misdemeanor warrant. 

According to the police report the officers tried to apprehend Guerra Jr,. tazing him multiple times. They finally cuffed him in the front yard.

The report also states his mom told police Guerra Jr. was high on meth. The report also indicates the suspect was unresponsive once handcuffed.

Guerra said he and his wife went to the police department to give statements and knew something was wrong with their son.

"I asked him for an update twice and I didn't get it," said Guerra. "After we were done with the statement we walked out to the lobby and then they came back to get us. They took us to a room and they had told us that he had passed away." 

The grieving process hasn't been easy for Guerra and his family. They want to see accountability.  

"I am not out to try and get money," said Guerra. "I just want justice for my son, because I don't want another parent to go through what we are going through. I mean we love our kids. We bring them into this world to raise them. To see him die like that, that's not right, I know police have to do their job, but I think they could've taken different measures." 

Guerra said the medical examiner has finalized the autopsy, but his family has yet to be told the cause of death. They also haven't heard from LPD since Friday's incident. The family is struggling to raise the money needed to bury Guerra Jr. If you would like to help with the funeral expenses you can do so by clicking the following link. 

https://www.gofundme.com/4c9mh4-funeral-expences

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