It was early Wednesday morning when Lubbock police officers spotted two men in the area of 49th Street and Avenue Q, according to police spokesman Sgt. Jonathan Stewart. He said the men were acting ''suspiciously'' and were attempting to burglarize cars in the area. That's when Officer Curtis Fish and Sgt. Ross Hester approached the men.
''As Officer (Curtis) Fish attempted to make contact with one of the subjects, the subject Julian Begay fled on foot," Stewart said. "Sgt. Hester took the other subject, Carlos Guevarra, into custody without incident. Officer Fish chased Begay on foot and engaged in a struggle with him.''
However, Begay was able to fight-off Officer Fish and run, Stewart said. Fish deployed a Tazer, but that failed, and Begay ran again. That's when Stewart said Begay pulled out a loaded gun and pointed it at Fish.
''Upon seeing Begay pointing a handgun at him, Officer Fish believed his life was in immediate danger, and he fired his duty weapon at Begay," Stewart said. "Begay was hit and fell to the ground.''
Begay was taken to UMC were he died. Carlos Guevarra, 22, was arrested on an outstanding traffic warrant.
Officer Fish has been on the force for close to 3 years. He's on paid administrative leave while the investigation is ongoing, which is standard procedure.
Officer Fish is also a defendant in an excessive force lawsuit pending in federal court. Willie Williams', 91, claims the officer panicked and shot him during a September 2011 burglary call after police mistakenly thought Williams' apartment window was connected to the one next door.
In his response, Officer Fish claims Williams fired a shotgun through the window at police and then he returned fire wounding Williams.
According to court filings earlier this month, Williams does not oppose dismissing his claims against the officer in his official capacity. Williams is also suing Officer Fish as an individual.