Armed muggers who 'held up hero Afghanistan veteran at an ATM and shot him dead when he pulled his own gun' are arrested


  • Army veteran Tyler Lackey, 24, had just returned from duty in Afghanistan 
  • On Friday he was shot and killed while taking money out of an ATM in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after dinner with a friend 
  • Police arrested suspects Matthew Chavez, 25, and Veronica Trimble, 22, on Friday
Two suspects wanted in the shooting of a 24-year-old Army veteran in Albuquerque, New Mexico last month were arrested in Oklahoma on Friday.
Matthew Chavez, 25, and Veronica Trimble, 22, are accused of gunning down Tyler Louis Lackey at a Wells Fargo ATM where he stopped to get cash after having dinner with a friend on February 5. Police have said that Chavez was trying to rob Lackey and that Lackey pulled out his own gun after Chavez pulled out his and fired five shots. 
Police were told that the suspects, who were identified on February 15, booked a hotel room in Oklahoma. They later arrested the duo at Winstar Casino in Love County, according to KOB.
Chavez is also wanted for robbing a store in Ardmore on Friday. 
 

Tyler Lackey's brother Scott told reporters on Friday night that he is pleased the suspects were apprehended.
'I'd like to say that I love my brother. I'd also like to thank APD detective Acata, Wells Fargo for offering a reward and everyone who came together to help find them. The people of Albuquerque have been incredibly supportive. The men and women of Tyler's unit, the 67th and the 82nd, we're incredibly supportive,' he said. 

Police say that Lackey tried to detain his attacker before he was fatally shot.

Lackey's friend told police after the incident that a Hispanic man wearing a white bandanna over his face demanded Lackey give him money prior to the altercation.
The shooter was previously described as a Hispanic man with a clean-shaven face who was wearing a red track suit, according to witnesses.
'I think he told him to give him his money and he was like "are you joking?" He (Lackey) had his hands in his pockets,' the friend said.
'I guess the guy had a gun as well and he pulled his first. And the guy started going back towards his car.'
'(The suspect) was like, "well you think this is a joke?" So on and so forth, and he was like, "No, you get out the car right now. Turn off your car,"' the friend told police.
The friend told police that Lackey pointed his gun at the suspect and told him to get out of the car.
They both allegedly started yelling for the suspect to get out of the car.  
Officers responded to the ATM in central New Mexico around 10pm where they found Tyler with one gunshot wound in the parking lot.   
'We got a call at 9.52pm saying there were two male subjects in the parking lot and they were in a confrontation,' 
'(The caller) heard a loud noise and then one man fell to the ground.' officer Daren DeAguero told the Albuquerque Journal.
Tyler was dead before paramedics and officers arrived. 
Police found a gun next to Lackey and aren't sure if it belonged to him or the assailant.