Saturday, September 18, 2010

Reports: Texas standoff ends with fire, arrest

Texas authorities says an hours-long standoff in Odessa ended Saturday afternoon with the arrest of a man they accuse of shooting two sheriff's deputies and a civilian, CNN's affiliates reported.

The suspect was taken to Medical Center Hospital where he was being treated for burns he suffered in a fire at the compound where the standoff took place, sheriff's officials told station KOSA.

The suspect was arrested at his property about 2:30 p.m., 23 hours after police say the suspect shot a man - who, according to some reports, was there to repossess one of the suspect's belongings (there are mixed reports on exactly what) - before turning his gun on two officers who responded to the scene.

Ector County Sheriff Mark Donaldson told CNN affiliate KWES that the suspect took one of the deputy's radios, threatened law enforcement and later shot at police helicopters circling West Odessa.

More than 100 law enforcement officers, some from as far away as Austin and Lubbock, took part in the standoff at the suspect's property. Early Saturday afternoon, the alleged gunman set his home on fire after exchanging gunfire with police, KWES reported.

The civilian victim in the Friday shooting was Luke Bedrick, who was shot once. He has been released from the hospital. The Ector County officers - Sgt. Steve McNeil and Deputy Rick Tigerina - were in stable condition and were expected to survive, Sgt. Gary Duesler told CNN.

Duesler further said the suspect "has a history of not liking law enforcement" and "doesn't like what it stands for in general and sees it as a threat to his rights."


The propaganda is just going to go on and on in this situation.  Is it me, or does this not seem quite "right?"

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