City to host press conference on shooting Sunday at UTPB


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ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – The City of Odessa and area law enforcement will host another press conference on an active shooter situation that unfolded in Odessa and Midland this weekend.

City officials say the press conference will take place around noon at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

According to law enforcement, everything began around 3:13 p.m. when a DPS trooper tried to stop a gold passenger vehicle on Interstate 20 around mile marker 131. During the stop, a suspect pointed a rifle at the trooper and fired several shots.

One trooper was injured in the shooting, according to DPS.

The suspect then drove away from the scene and continued shooting people throughout the city. Law enforcement in both Midland and Odessa say they were receiving several calls of shots being fired throughout the city, prompting a response in several locations.

Initially, Odessa Police say the suspect had hijacked a U.S. Mail truck at some point during the afternoon.

Midland Police officials say the suspect was eventually shot and killed at Cinergy in Odessa.

Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke addressed the media around 5:30 p.m. Saturday evening confirming news that had been circulating throughout the city and dispelling rumors as well.

Gerke confirmed that three officers had been struck in the shootings and Ector County Sheriff Griffis later confirmed they are all expected to recover.

The OPD Chief also noted that there at least 21 victims injured in the shooting and six had been confirmed dead.

Late Saturday night, ECISD officials confirmed that one of the victims killed in the shootings was an Odessa High School student.

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