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Elderly Man Confronts LP&L Employees With Shotgun Wednesday Afternoon [UPDATED]


An elderly man with a shotgun in East Lubbock created a scene Wednesday afternoon.

A 74-year-old man emerged from his house in the 1300 block of East 17th Street just after 1 p.m. wielding a shotgun, after two Lubbock Power and Light employees had disconnected his electricity.

Initial reports say that the man, whose name has not been disclosed, did not aim the gun at the two LP&L employees, but did point it at their truck.

The entire block was closed by Lubbock police, due to reports that it was a hostage situation. By the time police arrived, the man had gone back into the home.

The man was not arrested, but will likely face aggravated assault charges.

LP&L Public Information Officer Chris Sims issued a statement Wednesday evening, saying “LP&L sought assistance from the Lubbock Police Department today when employees believed they were in danger while performing their routine job duties. LP&L considers our employee’s safety a top priority and our employees are trained to recognize and respond to situations that may jeopardize their safety. LP&L is cooperating with law enforcement officials.”

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