Woman in critical condition following officer-involved shooting

Officer placed on administrative leave

Odessa Police Department spokesperson Cpl. Steve LeSueur told the Odessa American on Friday morning that a 61-year-old woman is in critical condition in connection with an officer-involved shooting on Thursday night.

LeSueur also told the Odessa American that the officer who shot the woman has been put on administrative leave with pay. The officer’s return is pending an investigation by the Texas Rangers. It is standard protocol for the Texas Rangers to investigate all officer-involved shootings in the state.

The Odessa American has requested the full police report from the City of Odessa as of 11:27 a.m. Friday morning.

According to an OPD press release on Thursday night, officers responded to suicide threats made by the woman at 7:53 p.m. in the 4600 block of Lamont Avenue.

As officers were speaking with the woman, she reportedly pointed a gun at their direction and an officer fired his department issued firearm and struck her. Odessa Fire Rescue was called to the scene and transported the woman to Medical Center Hospital for treatment.

No Odessa Police Department officers were injured during the call.