SWAT squad commander was killed in 10-hour standoff against recently released criminal
After being released from prison on bail, a 22-year-old man from Lubbock opened fire on police officers and barricaded himself in the house. SWAT fighters arrived at the scene.
For several hours, negotiations lasted, occasionally giving way to shooting. As a result, Sgt. Josh Bartlett was mortally wounded. He was first taken to Covenant Medical Center in Levelland, where he was pronounced dead.
RIP SWAT Commander Sgt. Josh Bartlett. He leaves behind a wife and three sons. ???????????? pic.twitter.com/IuSlHy44LR— Blair Sabol (@BlairSabolTV) July 16, 2021
The shooter was identified as Omar Soto-Chavira. He was previously arrested on suspicion of assaulting his family.
NEW: Stand-off in Levelland ends. Suspect in custody after Lubbock SWAT team deploys robot and gas into the home. Omar Soto Chavira will be treated at a Lubbock hospital before incarceration. Texas Rangers will take over investigation. pic.twitter.com/AW8FwARQlc— Bryan Mudd (@BryanMuddKAMC) July 16, 2021
During the shooting, three more officers were wounded. Two were hospitalized in critical condition.
"Deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Lubbock County Sheriff’s Sgt. Josh Bartlett," the Republican wrote. "Please join Heidi & me in lifting up Sgt. Bartlett and his family in prayer. And please continue to pray for the brave officers injured in the line of duty today."
Image: Hockley County Sheriff's Office