Investigators with the Big Spring Police Department are still sifting through witness statements to determine the circumstances surrounding the death of 22-year-old Noe Sanchez, who was struck by a vehicle following gunfire Sunday in front of the Big Spring Mall.
According to Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the BSPD, the altercation involved a feud between two Big Spring families.
âAt this time it appears Sanchez and some family members were leaving Family Dollar while members of the Montanez family were walking from the movie theater in the Big Spring Mall to Family Dollar,â said Everett.
âAt that time, Carlos Montanez, 35, of Big Spring, saw Noe Sanchez and ran at him. A fight ensued, setting off the events. Both families had several members at the scene and three people were arrested for hindering officers.â
According to BSPD records, arrested were Lee Roy Alvarado, 36, of 605 Holbert; Alex Sanchez, 26, of 906 E. 14th St.; and 21-year-old Tracey Dawn Juarez â identified by police officials as the wife of Noe Sanchez â of 1900 Martin Luther King Blvd. Apt. 511
All three were charged with hindering officers discharging official duties, with Alvarado and Juarez facing one count each and Sanchez facing two counts, according to Howard County Detention Center records.
Everett said investigators have been able to piece together the moments leading up to Noe Sanchez's death, although there are still a number of witness interviews to conduct.
âThrough the investigation so far we have been able to determine shots were fired prior to one subject being struck and killed by a vehicle,â Everett said. âThe handgun was produced from his vehicle by Noe Sanchez and at least two shots were fired at a white pickup, the same pickup that struck him. After he was hit, a female subject picked up the gun and fired another shot at the pickup, which was hit twice. No persons were hit by the gunfire.
âThe female who fired the final round has been identified as Tracey Dawn Juarez, Sanchez's wife. She was disarmed by a witness, who handed the firearm over to police.â
According to Everett, the pickup that hit Sanchez was still at the scene when officers responded to the call.
âAt this point there is some discrepancy as to who was driving the pickup,â Everett said. âThe pickup was at the scene when officers arrived. One round (from the handgun) had flattened a tire and another round had penetrated the passenger side window.
âThe investigation will continue as more witnesses will be interviewed and some re-interviewed until the facts are found. Once the investigation is complete, the findings will be taken to the district attorney, who will make the determination of filing charges or presenting the case to the grand jury.â
Everett said no arrests have been made in direct relation to Sanchez's death.
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