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OPD officer, gunman shot Wednesday

Officer saved by bulletproof vest, suspect at MCH

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Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 10:53 am

An Odessa Police Department officer was shot twice during an early morning Wednesday encounter that sent the officer and the suspected gunman to the hospital.

On Wednesday morning near the intersection of South Sam Houston Avenue and Mable Street, OPD Spokesman Cpl. Steve LeSueur said an OPD officer was shot once in the chest and grazed in at least one other spot. The officer was released from the hospital around 9 a.m., which is about three hours after the shooting took place. LeSueur explained the officer was wearing his bulletproof vest.

LeSueur said three officers responded to a shots fired call at 6:07 a.m. Wednesday morning in the 600 block of South Sam Houston Avenue.

A man was reportedly firing shots and when police arrived at the scene, he started shooting at the officers. The man hit one of the officers in the chest and officers returned fire. The man was shot in the arm and transported to Medical Center Hospital with serious bodily injury. LeSueur said Wednesday afternoon that the man is in fair condition.

The three officers involved in Wednesday morning’s shooting in south Odessa have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard operating procedure.

LeSueur said over the phone on Wednesday morning that is standard protocol for an officer-involved shooting.

LeSueur also explained the three officers placed on administrative leave still get paid until the department’s internal investigation and the investigation being conducted by the Texas Rangers is completed.

Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson Sgt. Oscar Villarreal said over the phone at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday morning the names of the officers and the man that was taken into custody aren’t going to be released because it’s an active crime scene.

As of Wednesday afternoon, there were Texas Rangers and OPD officers at the scene.

 “It’s unknown why he did it,” LeSueur said about the reason for the man firing shots at OPD officers, “but OPD officers returned fire and the subject was shot in the arm.”

A neighbor that lives about two blocks from where the shooting took place said she heard two different sets of gunshots. She said the first set sounded light, while the second were heavy and more continuous. She said the firearms put into one of the OPD Mobile Crime Scene units looked like AK-47s.

When asked if what she heard sounded like fireworks or gunshots, she knew it was gunshots. She said after living on the south side for her whole life she has gotten used to the sounds of gunshots. She said those gunshots don’t happen every night, but it’s often. She also said the sound of gunshots have been more frequent as of late.

The neighbor also said she knew something was different after she heard the second set of gunshots and then heard police sirens. She said police officers swarmed the area in about 5 minutes.

Another neighbor said nothing of this magnitude has happened in a number of years.

LeSueur said names of the three officers and the man transported to the hospital won’t be released at this time. LeSueur said the other two officers involved in the shooting weren’t injured.

The Texas Rangers will take over the investigation.

“They will be taking over the investigation since it was an officer-involved shooting,” LeSueur said.

The names of the three OPD officers that were also involved in the shooting that reportedly killed a 48-year-old man later identified as Billy Wade Webber, CBS7 reported on May 29, still haven’t been identified despite Freedom of Information requests for the information.

An employee at the DPS media and communications office said to email a request for information for officer-involved shootings. She said the agency would respond to the request as soon as possible.

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