Murder/suicide leaves two dead in Alpine


The Alpine Police Department is investigating an apparent murder-suicide that left two men dead on the city’s south side.

According to Alpine Police Department Captain Darrell Losoya, dispatch received a call at 8:43 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5 regarding a homicide at a home on the 300 block of South Cockrell Street. Upon arrival, officers located Michael Alan Pate, 34, inside the house with a fatal gunshot wound. Laurie Leveton, the homeowner, placed the call.

Assisted by Texas Rangers, officers began a homicide investigation and discovered Pate’s six-year-old son inside the house. The child was removed and placed in his grandmother’s custody.

Warrants were issued immediately for suspect Robert Nan, 42. According to eyewitness reports, the two men argued, and Nan shot and killed Pate. Losoya said alcohol was involved.

Around 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6, an officer found Nan’s dead on the back lot of the South Cockrell property from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Neither man lived at the Cockrell Street home.

The investigation is ongoing, and both bodies are at the Lubbock County Medical Examiners Office in Lubbock.