Capturing in Levelland, Texas: One officer is killed and four others injured in a standoff in Lubbock County
“The Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office is mourning one of our own, SWAT Commander Sergeant Josh Bartlett tonight,” a statement said.
Levelland Police Chief Albert Garcia said police received a call early that afternoon about a neighbor who was acting strangely and walking around with what appeared to be a large gun.
When officers arrived, they noticed a Chevrolet pickup truck in the driveway that had been reported by a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper earlier that day. The driver of the car was driving recklessly at the time and “appeared to be trying” to lure the cop into some sort of confrontation, Garcia said.
The officers did not approach the home immediately.
“Because we didn’t have a lot of information about whether or not this weapon was really a real weapon, we took precautions,” said Garcia.
“We started trying to get negotiations going,” said Garcia. “We made contact with him, very briefly and succinctly. He was very hostile. At that time he did not want to visit or speak to Levelland police officers.”
Within minutes of the contact, Garcia said the suspect opened the front door and began shooting at Levelland police officers.
Police said Lubbock County officials and his local SWAT team responded to help.
“It wasn’t long after that we had extra shots where we had cops who were injured,” said Garcia.
“We appreciate the public support during this difficult time and ask for continued prayers for his family, both blood and blues,” the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office said regarding Sgt. Bartlett, who is admitted to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries was admitted and later pronounced dead.
A 22-year-old man was taken into custody Thursday night, according to Kasie Davis, spokeswoman for the Lubbock County sheriff.
The man, identified as Omar Soto Chavira, was rushed to a hospital in Lubbock with serious injuries, Davis said. No further information was provided about the injuries, and the investigation was turned over to the Texas Rangers of the State Department of Public Safety, Davis said.
Levelland is a city of about 13,000 people located about 30 miles west of Lubbock.
CNN’s Melissa Alonso contributed to this report.