The Amarillo Police Department is investigating an officer involved shooting. It happened on July 7, 2013 at 2:45 a.m. Sunday when officers were dispatched to 1615 South Jackson about a suspect causing problems. Two officers arrived and a male suspect confronted them outside. Police say the suspect pulled a pistol out of his waistband and pointed it at the officers. Believing the suspect, 33-year old German Mata was going to shoot them with the pistol, one of the officers fired his weapon and struck Mata.
Mata was taken to a local hospital where he later died. Justice of the Peace Debbie Horn ordered an autopsy to be performed Monday morning in Lubbock. Police say it was later discovered the pistol Mata was holding was a realistic replica of a pistol.
The officer who shot the suspect has been placed on three days administrative leave which is mandatory. Special Crimes Unit continues to investigate the shooting and asks for anyone with information about this incident to call them at 378-9468.