AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - Amarillo police have released more details about the crime leading up to the shooting death of a suspect on Wednesday afternoon.
According to APD Cpl. Jeb Hilton, police were called to NE 19th Avenue and North Grand Street in Amarillo on Tuesday on a report of a man shooting randomly at people.
Residents in that area describe the neighborhood as a relatively quiet area, and were in disbelief.
“We’ve never had anything like that happened at all,” said William Gallegos. “We have a lot of older people, so we didn’t expect it honestly.”
Police said the suspect fired at two cars, including one containing a family.
The cars were hit, but no injuries were reported.
After investigating, police believed the suspect was Isaac Ray Ruiz, a 22-year-old man, who was found to have a parole violation warrant on an original charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
“We really wanted to get him off the street," said Hilton. "Just seemed like a dangerous person to be randomly shooting at citizens in our town. So we had officers out looking for him all night and into the next day which which led to the officer involved shooting.”
Police stopped a car Wednesday afternoon that had three people inside, including Ruiz.
Once the car was stopped at SE 10th Avenue and S Johnson Street, police said Ruiz got out of the car and started running.
APD said Ruiz started firing at the police as he ran. Officers returned fire, struck Ruiz and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The man and woman who were in the car with Ruiz drove off, crashed on Johnson Street at IH-40 and were detained.
Police have identified the man in the car as Alexis Zapata.
He was arrested for a probation violation warrant out of Deaf Smith County.
The woman in the car was treated at a local hospital and released, but remains unidentified.
No officers were hurt during the incident.
APD Special Crimes Unit is investigating the case, along with the Texas Rangers.
Three officers were placed on administrative leave, which APD said is normal policy following all officer-involved shootings.