Officers from Lubbock, Texas, are forced to escalate a situation to deadly force after the suspect runs over one of the responding officers.
When officers from Lubbock, Texas respond to a dispute between 32-year-old Carlos Martinez and another individual from his community, the situation escalates at break-neck speed. Martinez, who was recently evicted from his apartment, was in the area picking up his belongings when he and another resident started to get into an argument. The police were called to the scene, and when confronted about the situation Martinez refused to comply with the demands of officers.
After a short scuffle on the inside of the vehicle, resulting in Martinez being hit with a Taser, the suspect threw his vehicle into reverse and tried to back out of the situation. His vehicle struck three of the responding officers, and two of the police vehicles in the immediate area. This was a direct threat to the life and limb of the officers, so they made the decision to open fire on the suspect.
Martinez is now in custody, and faces 3 felony charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer. Officer Donovan Powell, who was lying on the ground from the scuffle inside the vehicle, had injuries that were classified as serious at the time, due to responding medical personnel not being sure if he had any internal injuries or bleeding. He was later released from the hospital and is expected to make a return to full-duty at his department soon.