LPD: Several car break-ins reported in area of Sunday's shoot-ou

LPD: Several car break-ins reported in area of Sunday's shoot-out

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The scene at 94th and Orlando Ave. on Sunday 1/5/2020 The scene at 94th and Orlando Ave. on Sunday 1/5/2020
LUBBOCK, Texas -

 

 

 

 

Following a deadly shoot-out between a would-be burglar and police on Sunday morning, LPD noted a concerning trend in the neighborhood. 

"The area of 98th to 82nd, from Quaker to Indiana, just since October, we have received 21 calls for service in regards to car break-ins," Chief Floyd Mitchell of Lubbock PD said. 

 

 

LPD reports 20+ calls about car break-ins in this area, since October

 

 

Sunday's deadly confrontation began with a 9-1-1 phone call about a suspicious man, seen on home surveillance video, checking car doors on the 3900 block of 96th street.

Police killed Drew Wallace-Flores after the 30-year-old opened fire at the officers chasing him.

 

Mugshot of Drew Wallace-Flores

 

"Part of our job as law enforcement officers is to deter and prevent crime and then bring those to justice to who commit those crimes. Unfortunately, Mr. Wallace-Flores did not heed to the orders of the officers, and it led to the discharge of firearms," Chief Mitchell said. 

The two officers involved are both high-ranking veterans of LPD, and per department policy remain on administrative leave as the investigation into the incident continues.

An initial investigation indicates the officers were in the right to use deadly force.

Chief Mitchell expressed how Lubbock citizens can stay safe and alert in the future. 

"We always ask all of our residents to lock their cars, take their valuables out of their cars... this particular call to service came from a homeowner who had a home security camera, and we always suggest security cameras and register those security cameras with the Lubbock Police Department. "

At this time, it remains unclear how Wallace-Flores was able to obtain a gun in the first place. 

He had served time in prison for aggravated robbery, burglary, and more. 

Parole for his latest sentence ended in February 2018. 

 

 

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