A family member of a man shot dead at a gas station in Texas says the man had a history of mental illness and was “just a regular guy with a gun.”
In the early morning hours of July 12, 2017, the family of 22-year-old Joshua Miller was walking from a convenience store to a gas company in the town of Lubbock when he was shot multiple times in the head.
The incident prompted widespread calls for stricter gun laws and prompted a backlash against the city’s lax gun laws.
The family says Joshua was mentally ill and that the shooting was likely premeditated.
“I just can’t believe it.
It’s just unbelievable,” his mother, Kia Miller, told the New York Times.
“That’s the first time I’ve ever heard that word in my life.”
According to Kia, Joshua was “one of those guys who’s just always been there for me and just always wanted to be there for others.
He had a lot of friends.”
The day after the shooting, Kianna Miller called the police to report her son had been shot.
They interviewed Joshua, who was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.
Kia says she and Joshua’s parents were still trying to understand what happened and why it happened.
“We thought maybe he was trying to get into a car or something, and we thought he was going to be arrested for something,” Kia told the Times.
The Miller family says they are not surprised by the lack of action from law enforcement.
“It’s kind of like, wow, what the hell happened here?”
“There’s not really any kind of response or explanation from authorities.”
But the incident did prompt a backlash from the city of Lubbsville, Texas, where the gas station is located.
The gas station owner, Greg Leinbach, said that police responded to a call at about 10:30 a.m. after the family was told they needed help at the station.
After he and his wife arrived at the scene, he said police were “surrounded” and began searching the area.
Kianna and Joshua Miller said that on their way out of the gas company, they ran into a police officer and were arrested.
Police claim that Joshua pointed a gun at the officer and was shot once in the chest, but Kiannas mother, however, says she does not believe that’s true.
“I don’t think he pointed a weapon at the police,” Kiannan told the newspaper.
“No, I think he was pointing a gun in the air, and the officer was like, ‘Oh, yeah, we got a gun out here.'”
Kiananna Miller also said that the officer who fired the shot did not call for backup and the shooting continued until 12:30 p.m., when police responded with pepper spray.
Police say that Joshua was not armed, and that his gun was not in his hand when he opened fire.
“The officer fired three shots, and he didn’t point his gun at anyone.
He fired five shots,” Lubbocks police chief Rick Moore told the Houston Chronicle.
“This was a guy who was sitting in the parking lot of the convenience store, he was sitting there, he’s not armed.”
Police did not immediately release the names of the officers involved in the shooting.
Lubbocas local TV station KOB reported that officers were called to the scene after a “person of interest” called 911 about the shooting and said Joshua was armed with a firearm.
Police did find a gun inside Joshua’s vehicle, but no evidence of criminal activity was found, according to Kubbly.