West Texan Fatally Shot, Allegedly Tried to Steal Patrol SUV

Deputies in West Texas have fatally shot a handcuffed man who allegedly tried to steal a law enforcement SUV.

The Department of Public Safety on Tuesday identified the man as 24-year-old Joshua Omar Garcia of Lamesa.

A Lynn County sheriff's deputy on Monday morning tried to pull over Garcia's car in Tahoka, prompting a chase.[[290114571,L]]

DPS Sgt. Bryan Witt says Garcia's car collided with a patrol vehicle. Garcia hands were cuffed behind him and he was put into the front of a sheriff's SUV.

Witt says deputies were searching Garcia's vehicle when he moved his hands to the front and started to drive away in the SUV.

Deputies opened fire. Garcia died at a Lubbock hospital.

Texas Rangers are helping investigate.

Details on the traffic stop weren't immediately released.

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