Sheriff's sergeant killed, 3 others wounded in standoff in West Texas
Sheriff’s sergeant killed, 3 others wounded in standoff in West Texas

Tom Steele

The Dallas Morning News

A Lubbock County sheriff’s sergeant was killed and three other law-enforcement officers were wounded in a standoff in West Texas on Thursday, authorities say.

Police in Levelland, a city of 13,000 about 30 miles west of Lubbock, said multiple agencies were “dealing with a barricaded subject” in an incident that began early Thursday afternoon.

It was not immediately clear what led to the standoff in the 1100 block of 10th Street. Gunshots could still be heard shortly after 6 p.m., according to media reports.

Levelland police said four officers had been wounded, two of them critically. Several of the wounded were taken to Lubbock for treatment.

Sgt. Josh Bartlett, Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office

Officials later confirmed that Lubbock County Sheriff’s Sgt. Josh Bartlett died from his injuries. Bartlett led the department’s SWAT unit.

The other officers wounded were two sheriff’s deputies, from Hockley County and Lubbock County, and a Levelland police officer.

Other agencies at the scene included Lubbock police, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Officials asked people to avoid the area, with Levelland authorities saying that “driving around aimlessly for curiosity” makes officials’ jobs more difficult.

A nearby hospital, Covenant Health Levelland, placed itself on lockdown as a precautionary measure.

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