Suspect name released in fatal officer-involved shooting

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UPDATE: The suspect is identified as 20-year-old Steven Rene Cortez of Lubbock. 

One Childress County Deputy and two Childress Police Officers are on administrative leave following a fatal officer-involved shooting early Friday morning.

The incident started with a high-speed chase on U.S. 287 in Clarendon after midnight.

Authorities say a sheriff’s deputy in Donley tried to pull over a man who was traveling 100 miles-per-hour.

The deputy continued to pursue the man south on U.S. 287 through Donley and Hall Counties and into Childress County, where a sheriff’s deputy and two Childress Police Officers joined the pursuit and deployed spikes that successfully stopped the vehicle.

The Red River Sun reports the driver stopped in front of the American Inn Motel on U.S. 287 and then ran — carrying a handgun — through an alley to the Pak-A-Sak store on Avenue F.

The newspaper also says the man tried to enter the closed store and when he realized it was closed, raised his gun towards two Childress Police Officers and a Childress County Deputy and fired.

Authorities on the scene shot back, hitting the man several times.

The suspect was transported to a hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Texas Rangers are now conducting an official investigation.

The last officer-involved shooting in Childress city limits happened in 2009.

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