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Two arrested in connection to May 9 fatal shooting

Published: Jun. 30, 2021 at 9:16 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 30, 2021 at 10:07 AM CDT
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Two people have been arrested in connection to a fatal shooting in Northwest Lubbock that happened on May 9.

Jamez Sanchez, 17, and Leo Contreras, 20, were both arrested on June 28 and charged with aggravated assault.

Officers arrested 17-year-old Jamez Sanchez for aggravated assault at approximately 3 p.m. June...
Officers arrested 17-year-old Jamez Sanchez for aggravated assault at approximately 3 p.m. June 28 in the 500 block of 53rd Street.(Lubbock County Detention Center)

On May 9, Officers responded to a shots fired call near North Quaker and Clovid Rd around 11:54 p.m. That’s where investigators found at least three homes with gunshot damage. The next day, Willard Justice Jr., 69, was found dead inside his home after a check welfare call in connection to the shooting.

On May 10, 2021, officers took a sworn statement from Willard’s granddaughter. She said that there is an ongoing problem with her boyfriend and Jamez Sanchez. While identifying other subjects associated with Sanchez, Leo Contreras and another hispanic male juvenile were identified. She said Jamez and one of the juveniles had stolen some marijuana from her boyfriend so he stole a gun from them. She stated that they had been shooting at each other since that time.

Metro detectives were able to locate surveillance video from 2800 block of North Quaker Avenue that showed a dark colored SUV leaving the trailer park within minutes of the 911 call reporting the shooting. A juvenile witness was located and provided a sworn statement. The juvenile witness stated he was with Leo Contreras and Jamez Sanchez and one other hispanic male juvenile in a black Isuzu SUV. They drove to a mobile home park on Quaker, north of Clovis Road.

The juvenile witness stated Leo and Jamez had planned to shoot at a house where the boyfriend of Willard’s granddaughter had been staying. The juvenile witness stated Leo and Jamez began shooting at the house and then they drove off.

Investigators found Sanchez and Contreras drove down the street, shooting several homes, including Justice’s residence. Police believe the shooting happened after a past incident involving Sanchez, Contreras and another person who previously lived with Justice.

Contreras surrendered to Irving police after a police chase on May 11. He was a person of interest early in the investigation.

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Leo Contreras, 20
Leo Contreras, 20(Lubbock County Detention Center)

Texas Anti-Gang Center officers attempted to stop Contreras for a traffic violation near 52nd and Ave. G. The arrest warrant for Contreras shows the Texas Anti Gang Unit was tailing his car the day after the attack. Investigators believe his vehicle matched the description of the one connected to Justice’s murder. When a county deputy attempted to pull him over, police report Contreras sped off then bailed out of the car to run.

Contreras was indicted for evading arrest in a motor vehicle on June 1.

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