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CCPD officer involved in fatal shooting Tuesday night placed on paid administrative leave

Police say it happened following a traffic stop
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Officer Involved Shooting
Posted at 5:24 AM, Feb 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-11 20:05:24-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — UPDATE:

The Corpus Christi Police Department has released the identity of their officer who was involved in a fatal shooting Tuesday night.

Officer Frank Mendoza has been placed on paid administrative leave after the incident, which CCPD says is in accordance with their current department practice and policy.

Mendoza has been with the department for six years.

On Thursday, CCPD identified the man who was killed in the shooting as 50-year-old Steve Neff.

Original Story:

Corpus Christi police are investigating a deadly officer-involved shooting.

CCPD officials said it happened around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night, when officers were on a traffic stop near Gollihar Road and Randall Drive.

Police said the driver, 55-year-old took off and officers didn't go after him. But shortly after, there was a crash on Kostoryz Road near Brawner Parkway.

When officers arrived at the scene of the crash, they recognized the man as the driver who took off from the earlier traffic stop.

They said the driver then broke out the window of the vehicle and ran away.

Officials said when they saw the man in an alley, and he allegedly pulled out a weapon. CCPD said an officer on the scene was then forced to shoot the man. The man was taken to the hospital and later pronounced dead, his name has not been released.

Police also said three adults and a child received minor injuries when the man crashed into two separate vehicles. The officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave as the investigation continues.