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West Texas SWAT Commander killed in standoff, four officers injured

Posted at 8:11 PM, Jul 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-16 16:52:21-04

The Lubbock County Sherriff's announced that SWAT Commander Sergeant Josh Bartlett was killed during a standoff Thursday, July 15.

The LCSO SWAT Team responded to assist the Levelland Police Department at 2:15 pm with a barricaded suspect who was firing at authorities. The standoff took place at 1100 10th St. in Levelland.

Shortly after the SWAT teams arrival, according to authorities, the situation further escalated and Sgt. Bartlett was shot in the exchange of firearms.

Sgt. Bartlett was taken to Covenant Medical Center in Levelland, and he later succumbed to his life-threatening injuries.

The other injured officers were transported to another hospital in Lubbock.

According to the Associated Press, Levelland PD received a complaint from a neighbor that a man was acting strange and walking around with a gun. When a police negotiator began speaking with the suspect, he was hostile and then moments later he opened fire on officers.

The Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office is working with several departments, including the The Levelland Police Department, The Texas Department of Public Safety, The Lubbock Police Department, Hockley County Sheriff’s Office, ATF, Homeland Security, FBI, and the US Marshal’s office to resolve the ongoing incident.