Suspect shot by officer charged with attempted capital murder

Reported by: Ashley Claster
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Updated: 1/18/2014 9:44 pm
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A FOX 34 follow-up on an officer involved shooting in North Lubbock on Friday afternoon. We now know the suspect's name, and more details on the chaos that had a neighborhood on Duke and Indiana on lock-down for hours.

"We couldn't ask for better neighbors. We all look out for each other," neighbors Rosa and Celestino Alvarez said.

It is a tight-knit community on Duke Street near Indiana.

"We're pretty friendly. We know each other, every body knows each other. We look out for each other. That house on the corner was just strangers who moved in," an anonymous neighbor said.

Alvarez said those strangers just moved in two weeks ago.

"It was empty for a long time. I think it belonged to the grandfather of the lady that lives there now," Alvarez said.

"There was a lot of arguing on the block," the anonymous neighbor that has lived in the neighborhood for 30-years said.

The Lubbock Police Department said Daniel Moreno was threatening residents with a gun. Officers responded to the scene at 4:30 p.m. Moreno then reportedly pointed his gun at the first officer on scene, Officer Daniel Merritt, who then fired his gun and wounded Moreno.

"Rosa Alvarez said she did not hear any gun shots. But saw the flashing red lights, and went outside to check it out.

"That's when we saw a guy out there in the middle of the street. And he was laying in the street, and they dragged him. Then he was in handcuffs, and then they put him in the truck, in the police truck," Alvarez said.

The neighbors tell FOX 34 that police would not let them leave their homes until midnight.

Police then found two female victims severely beaten inside a nearby home. Sarah Garcia and Cynthia Hernandez Ramirez were taken to University Medical Center by EMS, but have since been released.

"Stuff like this can happen anywhere. It was just that rare day that it happened in this neighborhood," the anonymous neighbor said.

"Don't judge everybody for one thing that happened, one mistake somebody made. Don't judge us," Alvarez said.

The Alvarez family hopes this incident does not ruin the bond of the neighborhood that they have called home for 40-years.

Moreno is still recovering at UMC. He is charged with attempted capital murder, and two counts of aggravated assault.

The officer involved, Officer Daniel Merritt, is on paid leave per LPD policy.
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