Apr 18, 2013 7:38 PM by Morgan Frances - MFrances@kristv.com
THREE RIVERS - A woman who lives in Three Rivers says a fatal shooting involving police Wednesday night was an upsetting scene to witness.
"You see it on TV but not in front of your own house that's for sure," she said.
Police Chief Vance Roberts said it all started with a traffic stop around 10:30 pm on the corner of Oakville Road and Hackberry Street. He said an officer pulled a man over for not using his blinker. When the officer asked the driver and passenger for some sort of identification, neither could come up with anything.
The witness explained what she saw, saying, "all of a sudden the driver took off running down the street and the police officers are after him hollering, 'stop! Stop!' and they ran into the house and after that I heard shots."
The officer and driver, identified as 25-year-old Margarito Martinez Gallegos, got into a fight.
Three Rivers Police Chief Vance Roberts said, "Once they got into the residence they got into an altercation and basically got into a fight and when one of the officers pulled his taser, the guy was able to grab the taser out of his hand."
Chief Roberts said the man actually tased the officer with his own taser. He then turned the taser toward the last standing officer who had no choice but to shoot the man dead.
"If they tase you with it you become to where you can't move, you can't do anything," Chief Roberts explained, "then they can take your gun from you; then they can use deadly force with your gun and kill you."
The witness said, "the ambulance was in no hurry getting away so we just assumed the worst."
Gallegos died on the scene which leaves the question as to why he ran in the first place unanswered. As for the officers, the one tased went to the hospital and has since been released. Both are on paid administrative leave which is standard procedure when something of this nature happens on the job.