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BENJAMIN—A Lubbock man died Monday after being shot last week by Knox County Sheriff Hunter Embesi and a Texas Highway trooper on Highway 82.
According to Department of Public Safety reports, the law enforcement officers were responding to a report of someone shooting at vehicles around 8 a.m. Thursday, July 16, and had made the traffic stop after discovering an 18-wheeler was stolen and occupied by a man and a woman, according to a DPS release.
The man got out of the vehicle, armed with a weapon, and started running toward the officers. He refused to follow commands from the law officers and pointed the weapon at them. Both officers opened fire and shot the man, the report states.
The man, later identified as Chase Rountree of Lubbock, was taken to University Medical Center in Lubbock with serious injuries. The DPS reported he died at 1:51 p.m. Saturday
The woman, later identified as Mychele Mendez, was arrested and booked into the Knox County Jail on charges regarding vehicle theft.
No law enforcement or civilian injuries were reported. The name of the trooper was not released.
KTXS in Abilene spoke exclusively to truck driver Afram Matanawui, who was targeted by the gunman.
Matanawui told the TV reporter he was hauling a load to Lubbock when he saw a red Mustang partially blocking the highway and a couple standing by the vehicle.
“Because my window was down, I heard a gunshot and I saw gun flashes,” Matanawui said, adding he then started backing the truck up but decided to get out of the truck and run. “I was just running for my life.”
Matanawui stepped up on the running boards of another truck, grabbing the mirror and telling the driver to back up because the man was chasing him.
“He was running like a Rambo movie, you know like that he was coming you could see the flash of his gun,” Matanawui said in the TV interview.
That’s when he said he saw the man and woman steal the 18-wheeler and make a U-turn, ramming the Mustang and driving east on Highway 82.
In an additional television report on the shooting, Matt Pryor of Benjamin said he was a witness to the events the truck driver told KTXS.
The Texas Rangers are in the process of investigating the incident, DPS reports state.