The Ector County Sheriff's Office sent out a release late Wednesday night that said it was the deputy on scene with Sheriff Mark Donaldson who fatally wounded the man who reportedly pulled a gun from his waist band in the 4000 block of Uranus. The Sheriff's office did not identify the deputy.
An Ector County Sheriff’s officer, possibly the sheriff himself, shot and killed a man who reportedly pulled out a weapon at a house in west Odessa on Halloween night.
Sgt. Gary Duesler, the sheriff’s spokesperson, would not identify the victim or the gunman at the scene, referring those questions to the Texas Rangers, who are investigating.
But a woman crying at the scene who identified herself as Kristina Medina said the man who was shot and killed was her uncle, Marvin Donald Wilkerson, nicknamed “Mad Dog.” State driver’s license records list Wilkerson, 66, as living at 4024 N. Uranus Ave. That is the area where the shooting happened.
Sheriff Mark Donaldson and a deputy were the first to respond to a call around 7:15 p.m. that reported a man was threatening people with a silver gun in the 4000 block of North Uranus Avenue, Duesler said. At some point, Duesler said the man pulled a gun from his waste-band.
Duesler also said several other deputies responded to the call and said he did not know how many were on scene when the shooting happened.
“We respond very quickly to a report of a man with a gun,” Duesler said. “It’s very serious.”
Deupties had changed shifts around 7 p.m., Duesler said, and Donaldson was helping out.
Duesler also said he didn’t know exactly when the shooting happened and when an ambulance arrived. Duesler referred to Texas Rangers questions about how many shots were fired and whether Donaldson or a deputy fatally shot the man.
At the scene around 8:30 p.m., two men carried small girls in Halloween costumes, one of them dressed as a princess, away from the scene with car seats. Several deputies investigated with assistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety. Duesler said he didn’t know if children were on scene at the time of the shooting.
As deputies investigated, a man on scene who could not immediately be identified crouched by a deputy vehicle and loudly sobbed.
Medina said she did not witness the shooting but came from her home nearby off Palomino Avenue when her mother called with news about her uncle being shot.