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Deputy released from hospital after double-stabbing

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Deputy Galvaz cheered on as he leaves UMC hospital on Monday (6/22) Deputy Galvaz cheered on as he leaves UMC hospital on Monday (6/22)
LUBBOCK, Texas -


Officers from multiple agencies, including DPS and LPD,  cheered for Deputy Constantino Galvaz, a former Marine,  as he left UMC Monday afternoon.

Both Galvaz and another deputy became stabbing victims after an attempted arrest turned violent. 

"He's one of my guys. I was there shortly after the incident happened to provide first aid. It was very hectic, it was chaotic, this isn't something that we deal with typically," Cpl. Kaleb Selas with the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office said.

The deputies were attempting to arrest a shoplifting suspect, now identified as 28-year-old Miko Butler, at the Wal-Mart on the south loop Saturday evening. Deputies say Butler stabbed both deputies then ran, setting off a 4 hour manhunt.

Other agencies jumped into action to help, the very same ones who came out in support, Monday afternoon. 

"We're all in this together, we work together always, we work well together, LSO, DPS,  all the other agencies in town," Lt. Eli Ramirez with the Lubbock Police Department said.

"It's really a family. At the end of the day, we all want to go home to our loved ones, our wives, our husbands, our kids, and we just want to make that all happen for us," Tex Rector with the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office said.

"Whenever one of our guys is out on light duty, everybody feels the effect of it. But we have each others backs and we're here for support," Cpl. Selas said.

The Sheriff's Office credits the quick action of citizens to spread the word,  leading to Butler's own grandmother naming him as the assailant, according to the arrest warrant. 

She told authorities he was even wearing the shirt she had given him.

"Somebody's that's willing to do that to a deputy, to a peace officer, over something as small as a theft of that dollar amount... in my opinion, I don't feel like that individual needs to be out here on the streets. We need to make sure that this person is put behind bars and justice is served," Rector said.

Butler is now charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a peace officer with a deadly weapon. He faces life in prison with the possibility for parole.

As for the deputies, their colleagues are grateful things, didn't take a turn for the worst.
"You're not going to keep him down, he's gonna be right back out there and work even harder to serve his community and to represent the Sheriff's Office and law enforcement to the best of his ability," Rector said. 

Deputy Galvaz is said to be in good spirits and is already asking when he can come back to work.

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