Deputies arrest 6 juveniles after pursuit

Ector County deputies arrested six juveniles Tuesday following a 10-minute pursuit.

Deputies were called about shots fired around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday near 57th Street and Flamingo Avenue, an Ector County Sheriff’s Office news release stated.

The suspected vehicle, a blue Tahoe, was found near a Family Dollar store, 2703 Moss Ave., in the area, the release detailed. A deputy reportedly saw the six juveniles run from the store with merchandise in their hands and leave at a high speed in the vehicle.

Officers pursued the vehicle for about 10 minutes before the pursuit ended near 25th Street and Tripp Avenue, the release stated. A pistol, live and spent rounds and less than two ounces of marijuana were found inside the vehicle.

The release said the suspect vehicle also matched the description of two shooting calls reported in the city earlier that day. Odessa Police Department Spokesman Steve LeSueur said the juveniles are suspects in one of their ongoing investigations as well.

LeSueur said OPD received one call about shots fired around 10:09 a.m. in the 1600 block of Petroleum Drive, and another call about shots fired at 11:15 a.m. in the 300 block of East 44th Street. No injuries were reported in either case.

The juveniles ranged in ages from 15 to 16, and were all charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon, evading in a motor vehicle, possession of marijuana less than two ounces, and engaging in organized crime, shoplifting.

All six juveniles were taken to the Ector County Youth Center, the release detailed.