Saturday, September 18, 2010

Odessa: Man suspected of shooting deputies in custody

ODESSA, Texas — A man suspected of shooting two sheriff's deputies and another person was taken into custody Saturday after an overnight standoff with law enforcement in Odessa, authorities said.

Ector County Sheriff Mark Donaldson told the Odessa American that the suspect, Victor White, surrendered and was taken to a local hospital. Texas Rangers obtained arrest warrants in connection to attempted capital murder of a peace officer, Donaldson said.

More than 100 law enforcement agents were involved in a standoff, authorities said. Sheriff's officials did not immediately return messages from The Associated Press.

The shootings happened Friday afternoon after a man went to the suspect's home to get the trailer, sheriff's Sgt. Gary Duesler said. A deputy was called to the suspect's property, and the suspect fired on him and Bedrick, Duesler said. Bedrick was struck once and the deputy, Ricky Tijerina, was shot twice.

The suspect then got on the scanner in Tijerina's patrol car and issued threats to law enforcement agents. He also pleaded with them to come kill him, Duesler said.

Law enforcement agencies rushed to secure the scene, and the suspect shot another deputy, Sgt. Steve McNeil, Duesler said.

The standoff persisted overnight, and the suspect shot at a police helicopter Saturday morning, Duesler said. He said there were between 100 and 150 officers at the scene, "from the FBI all the way down to the dog catcher."

Duesler said the suspect was well known in the area to be anti-law enforcement.

Duesler said the two deputies were hospitalized in stable condition and that Bedrick was treated for his wound and released.


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