UPDATE: Suspect identified in officer-involved shooting, Chief provides update

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UPDATE: 3:30 p.m. – Odessa Police Chief Michael Gerke provided an update on an officer-involved shooting that occurred Thursday night.

Chief Michael Gerke identified the suspect as Christopher Ocon and what led to the shooting overnight.

According to the Chief’s report, two officers responded to a stolen vehicle call and were confronted by Ocon.

While speaking with Ocon, officers reported that he pulled out an object, prompting them to fire their weapons.

Ocon is in stable condition at the hospital and will be charged with theft, however, the Chief says additional charges could be filed.

Two OPD officers are currently on administrative leave, per the Department’s policy,

The Texas Rangers are still investigating.


ODESSA, Texas (Nexstar) – One person was sent to the hospital after an officer-involved shooting late Thursday night.

Around 10:20 p.m., Odessa Police Department officers responded to the 300 block of Ellis Dr. about a stolen vehicle.

Police say the officers found the vehicle, which resulted in shots fired.

The suspect was transported to Medical Center Hospital. His condition is unknown at this time.

According to a release, the officers were not injured and placed on administrative leave.

The investigation has been turned over to the Texas Rangers.

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