Julian Marcus Begay, 27

Lubbock, Texas
June 27, 2012

Agencies: Texas Department of Criminal Justice | Texas Attorney General's Office | Texas Department of Public Safety | Lubbock Police Department Texas

Cause of death: Not Yet Known

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On June 27, 2012 at approximately 1:07 a.m. Sergeant Ross Hester and Officer Curtis Fish observed two males walking in the middle of the street at 4800 Ave Q, Lubbock, Tx. Both males appeared to be acting suspicious. Sergeant Hester and Officer Fish stopped the men. They were later identified as Carlos Guevara and Julian Begay. Officer Fish attempted to pat down Mr. Begay for weapons as he conducted his investigation. Mr. Begay took off running and Officer Fish caught up to him. A brief struggle ensued and Mr. Begay managed to get loose from Officer Fish. Officer Fish then attempted to use his taser to stop Mr. Begay from fleeing however he was not successful. Mr. Begay reached in his waistband and pulled out a gun and pointed it at Officer Fish. Officer Fish drew his service pistol and fired four shots at Mr. Begay. Mr. Begay was transported to University Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.

For the second time in his two-year career, a Lubbock police officer is on paid administrative leave and an initial investigation shows he’s in the clear following a shooting — this time deadly.

And like the 2011 shooting that left a 90-year-old man hospitalized, superiors of Officer Curtis Fish say an initial investigation shows Fish acted within Lubbock Police Department policies in a shooting that left 27-year-old Julian Begay dead.

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