UPDATED: Three suspects arrested in connection to Tuesday morning’s robberies, one outstanding
Update 8/23/19- 17-year-old Dornnell Moore, 17-year-old Cameron Lee Stacey and 20-year-old Jermane Hardrick are now in the Lubbock County Detention Center charged with aggravated robbery in connection to Tuesday morning’s robberies.
The K9, known as Max, was taken to an emergency vet and is recovering from his injuries at home. No one else was injured.
LPD investigators identified the fifth suspect, a juvenile offender, who remains outstanding.
Moore, Stacey and Hardick all have a $200,000 bond.
This case remains under investigation.
Original story- A 14-year-old male is in custody, accused of firing multiple shots at Lubbock Police, and wounding a K9, during a chase early Tuesday morning. Police believe the gun was stolen from Littlefield.
Assistant Police Chief Neal Barron said around 12:30 a.m. the department received a call of a stolen vehicle in the 2000 block of 29th Street. A couple hours later there were multiple calls of robberies.
Around 2:30 a.m. an officer with a K9 found the suspect vehicle in the 4900 block of Avenue G. A short vehicle chase began. Police tell us the vehicle stopped in the 4200 block of Avenue N. Four people in the vehicle got out and ran in different directions.
Barron said the K9 gave chase. During this time, investigators report the 14-year-old fired multiple rounds at the officer and K9. The suspect and officer made it into a backyard of a home in the 1300 block of 43rd Street. Police say this is when the suspect fired another round, again believed to be at the officer.
At this point the officer was able to fire "a number of rounds", hitting the suspect once. The officer was then able to take the 14-year-old into custody, checked the suspect for injuries and called for EMS. He was taken to a Lubbock hospital.
The accused gunman's injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
The suspect's shots wounded K9 "Max" twice, once in the front left paw, once in the right rear haunch. Police do not believe the wounds are life-threatening to the dog.
Police are still searching for three other suspects who bolted from the vehicle.
The Lubbock Police Department is in contact with federal authorities, since this happened in a Project Safe Neighborhood area.
Barron said the exact charges aren't all yet known, but will likely include vehicle theft and robbery, in addition to the shots fired at police.
Here is video of this morning's news conference:
This is a developing story. More information will be posted as it becomes available.