Metropolitan Special Crimes Unit investigating fatal shooting

UPDATE: Suspect jailed in deadly shooting, police seek witness

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Jimenez, photo from LPD Jimenez, photo from LPD
LUBBOCK, Texas -

 

On Saturday May 25, around 1:30 p.m., EMS responded to a male that was injured near 37th and Ave. P.

Investigators say EMS discovered Luis Martinez, 27, laying on a corner unresponsive. First responders found a single gunshot wound in Martinez's upper-back. He was taken to UMC where he died from the shooting wound.

Lubbock Police arrested suspect Ivain Ray Jimenez, 28. Jail records show he was booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center the following Sunday afternoon.

The arrest warrant indicates a witness told investigators Martinez got out of a black, four-door passenger car from the driver's seat. Jimenez got out of the passengers seat, got into the driver's side and drove off. The witness stated Martinez told him "he just shot me in the back" and then collapsed.

According to the warrant, officers found out that Martinez and Jimenez went to EZ Pawn near 50th Street and Ave. Q. A witness told police Jimenez was looking to purchase a gun.

Investigators say Jimenez had been placing phone calls from the Carriage House Motel. The manager told investigators Jimenez was kicked off the property for trying to rob another guest at gunpoint on the night of May 24. The warrant indicates the victim of the aggravated robbery was able to identify Jimenez and gave a description matching other witness descriptions and surveillance photos from EZ Pawn.

After reviewing surveillance footage from Sunset Square near 38th Street and Ave. P, investigators were able to confirm Jimenez as the suspect.

He is held on a $200,000 bond.

Sunday afternoon police identified Melinda Rodriguez, 23, as a witness. She is pictured below. Police want to speak with Rodriguez and are looking for her.

 

Melinda Rodriguez, photo from LPD

If you know where Rodriguez is, or anything related to this murder, call CrimeLine at 806.741.1000. Or you can submit a tip online. Either way, you don't have to give your name. 

 

 
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