An officer was killed and four others were wounded during a standoff involving a barricaded person in Levelland, Texas, on Thursday. Levelland is a city of around 13,000 people located about 30 miles west of Lubbock.”The Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the loss of one of our own, tonight, SWAT Commander Sergeant Josh Bartlett,” a statement said. Police received a call in the early afternoon about a neighbor who was acting strangely and walking around with what appeared to be a large gun. „He was very hostile. Did not want to visit with or talk to Levelland police officers at that time,” police reported. Within minutes after contact, the suspect opened the front door and began firing on the Levelland police officers. The standoff continued overnight. The subject has continued to fire “in all directions” from inside. Residents were advised to stay away from the area. The power has been off in the neighborhood.
On Thursday evening it still was an active scene. A total of four officers were injured and one was killed. Sgt. Josh Bartlett, the commander of the SWAT team, was transported to Covenant Medical Center in Levelland, where he was pronounced deceased. Covenant Hospital in Levelland has been placed on lockdown as a precaution. The Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office, Texas DPS, Levelland police, Hockley County Sheriff’s Office and the Levelland Sheriff’s Office were joined at the scene by the FBI, the ATF, a K9 unit, a gang unit, and the LPD Mobile Command Unit.