Suspect in custody following sheriff’s sergeant killed, 4 officers wounded in West Texas standoff

Current July 16 at 9 a.m.: Revised all through to involve added details from authorities.

Current July 16 at 9 a.m.: Revised all through to involve added details from authorities.

A Lubbock County sheriff’s sergeant was fatally shot and four other law-enforcement officers were being wounded Thursday afternoon in an trade of gunfire with a barricaded guy in West Texas.

The suspect, Omar Soto-Chavira, 22, was taken into custody close to 11:30 p.m. Thursday at a house in Levelland, a town of 13,000 about 30 miles west of Lubbock, authorities claimed. He was wounded and transported to a healthcare facility in Lubbock for remedy.

Authorities used robots to enter the dwelling, then deployed gas which drew Soto-Chavira out of the home, authorities claimed. He had a background of make contact with with police, but the motive in the shooting was unclear.

Levelland police mentioned a resident claimed about 1:10 p.m. that a neighbor on 10th Avenue was carrying what appeared to be a substantial firearm and acting strangely. When officers arrived, they recognized that a pickup at the home had been claimed by a point out trooper previously in the day who considered the truck’s driver was attempting to bait him into a confrontation.

Law enforcement tried to discuss with the man, whom Main Albert Garcia explained as “very hostile.” The male then went into a household and started shooting at officers, who returned hearth, Garcia claimed.

Law enforcement referred to as for guidance from the Hockley County and Lubbock County sheriff’s places of work. A quick time immediately after deputies from those people agencies arrived, the person opened fire all over again, wounding numerous of them.

Lubbock County Sheriff’s Sgt. Josh Bartlett died from his accidents at a Levelland hospital.

Also wounded was Levelland law enforcement Sgt. Shawn Wilson, who was in essential problem at a Lubbock healthcare facility Thursday night. 3 other Lubbock County deputies endured significantly less-extreme injuries and have been launched from the medical center.

Lubbock County Sheriff Kelly Rowe reported it was difficult to explain the reduction of just one of his deputies, who had been with the department for nine years and led its SWAT device.

“We will be mourning with his loved ones, and his loved ones during the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Business office,” Rowe reported.

Rowe mentioned that Bartlett, an Military veteran, was “a real servant” and that “he liked to do the task that he did each and every day.”

A selection of point out, neighborhood and federal law-enforcement businesses had remained in Levelland into the evening. Authorities thought the barricaded gentleman was alone in the residence.

The Texas Rangers will manage the investigation.