The custody battle caught on digital camera turns deadly – Regulation Officer

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LUBBOCK, Texas – A Texas man was reportedly shot and killed earlier this month while arguing with his ex-wife over a custody battle.

The fatal shooting occurred on November 5th and was captured on cellphone video, according to attorney Matthew L. Harris, who represents the victim’s widow. Harris says the footage was filmed by Jennifer Read.

Lubbock police have not yet finalized their investigation, KCBD reported as the news agency searched for details about the fatal encounter.

“Although LPD recognizes that there is a public interest in this case, there are multiple facets of this ongoing investigation that will determine what can and cannot be made available to the public under Texas law,” the department said in a statement .


Read the full statement from the Lubbock Police Department below. It was released on November 10th by KCBD.

The Lubbock Police Department would like to address public concerns regarding Case 21-43709, which is currently being investigated by the Metropolitan Special Crimes Unit.

Lubbock Police officers were called to 90th Street Block 2100 at 4:20 pm on Friday, November 5th for reports of gunfire.

Upon arrival, officials found Chad Read, 54, dead.

During the initial investigation, there appears to have been a verbal altercation between Read and another man relating to a domestic incident that became physical. Shortly afterwards, shots rang out.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing.

While LPD recognizes that there is a public interest in this case, there are several facets of this ongoing investigation that will determine what can and cannot be made available to the public under Texas law.

Under Chapter 552 of the Texas Government Code, also known as the Public Information Act, suspicious information cannot be released unless there is a direct threat to the public. As mentioned in the first press release, there was no ongoing threat to the public.

Regarding concerns about LPD’s reporting process, the responsibilities of the first aider, under the department’s guidelines, require the officer to complete an initial, concise crime report that contains the basic facts of the incident and the necessary elements of the crime, then detailed and conclusive document information in a supplementary report. “

All original reports that do not require further review prior to publication are available to the public in our online reporting system after they have gone through the department’s filing process. In this particular case, the report was available online after going through the recording process.

Supplementary reports are and have never been available to the public unless they are included in an arrest warrant. The purpose of this policy is to protect the integrity of each individual investigation and not to withhold information from the public.

The Lubbock Police Department prides itself on its relationship with the Lubbock community and strives every day to be an agency of transparency, regardless of who is or is not linked to an investigation.

We ask the public to be patient while our investigators continue to work on this case like any other.

As a result, Jennifer Read, Chad Read’s widow, filed an application to take custody of Chad Read’s children from their mother, Christina Read.

In addition, she filed a $ 50 million lawsuit against Kyle Carruth and Vitruvian Development LLC for her husband’s shooting death, according to KCBD.

Jennifer Read blames Carruth for escalating the conflict and using a firearm when there was no physical threat to life or property. The lawsuit says she and Chad Read went to his ex-wife’s place of business to find Chad’s youngest son, Fox News reported.

Chad and Christina had a custody battle when Chad tried to find out where his son was. The lawsuit alleges Christina continued to violate her detention agreements when Carruth “interfered” in the dispute.

Last week, Jennifer Read posted a cell phone video showing the fatal encounter.

“The decision to take this step was not an easy one, and she is respectfully rejecting interview requests at the moment,” said a press release from her lawyer. “There was a lot of speculation about the events of November 5, 2021 in the media and on social media.”

Carruth’s attorney David M. Guinn said the shooting was self-defense, according to KAMC.

“All Texans are legally allowed to wield a firearm to protect themselves, their property and their business,” Guinn said. “When Kyle did that, Chad Read walked up to him.”

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