Police crowded Sixth Street in Odessa Sunday, as they investigated the third officer-involved shooting in five weeks.
“The subject exited the residence with a gun, and went towards officers,” says Corporal Steve Lesueur of the Odessa Police Department. “He refused to comply with the officers commands and was shot.”
OPD say while the officer is safe, the suspect was sent to Medical Center Hospital with life-threatening injuries. One neighbor, who heard the gunshots, didn’t know what it was at first.
“I thought it was kids throwing rocks at the building. And the other guys who were with me said no that sounded like gunshots,” he said.
Other’s are worried about the safety of the neighborhood.
“What actions is making these officers have to do that. I walk among these people every day, and I’m just like you never know,” another neighbor said.
No one wants caution tape and flashing lights ever in their neighborhood. Especially when the situation is due to an officer involved shooting.
“I do hope it gets safe, it’s my hometown, and I grew up here. You know it was never this bad when I was young.”
The officer will remain on administrative leave as the Texas Rangers investigate. This is standard protocol.