- A Texas shooting left an elite SWAT team sergeant dead and three more wounded.
- The shooting is still active and agents of various corporations have surrounded the house of the aggressor.
- The events occurred in Levelland, west of Lubbock.
Levelland shooting. One officer was killed and three more were badly shot in Levelland, Texas, when officers attempted to serve an arrest warrant. The Levelland Police Department (LPD) wanted to detain a subject after an emergency call that reported the presence of a armed and violent man in a house.
The incident began at 1:12 pm local time on Thursday, July 15, 2021, when a person called the LPD to report a “possibly armed” man. Several officers were dispatched to the house at 1100 1oth Street to contain the gunman. However, the alleged suspect shot the officers.
Levelland shooting leaves one cop dead and three more wounded
Levelland, Texas is a small city 50 miles west of the Lubbock metropolitan area with just 14,000 residents. Agents of the Lubbock Police Department (LPD) and the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) are in place in support of their peers.
As of this writing, the gunman remains hidden at the incident address and is surrounded by Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) agents and even snipers. The neighboring houses have been evacuated so as not to put civilians at risk.
Levelland shooting: SWAT team sergeant dies after shooting
According to a law enforcement source who spoke to MundoHispánico in Texas, on condition of not revealing his position within the investigation, the dead agent is Sergeant Josh Bartlett, of the SWAT team of the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), who exchanged shots with the man hidden in the house.
An officer of the Hockley County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) and yet another from the LPD are critically injured at a Lubbock hospital. Another Levelland Police Department officer is injured but, as of this writing, not seriously.
The shooting continues and the streets of Levelland have been closed
In the evening of Thursday, July 15, 2021, the situation remains critical and the man inside the house, whose identity the authorities have not revealed, is still inside the house and refuses to surrender. According to some residents of the city of Levelland, in videos uploaded on social networks, the shots fly in all directions outside the house.
Because the shooting is still active, the Levelland Office of Emergency Management has ordered residents to stay at least two blocks away from the crime zone, in order not to hinder the work of the officers who are dealing with the gunman.
Federal agents flock to the scene of the Texas shooting
The situation is so dire and tense that agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Weapons and Explosives (ATF) from other Texas cities have been sent to Levelland, to assist local corporations in the investigation and eventual arrest of the gunman.
At 9:00 p.m. Texas time, the various corporations surrounding the house with the gunman in Levelland will hold a press conference with the details of the incident, the count of the dead and wounded, and how they plan to handle the situation. for the gunman to be arrested.
As a precaution, a nearby hospital is closed due to the shooting
Covenant Health in Levelland, Texas is the hospital where LCSO SWAT Team Sgt. Josh Bartlett was transported for treatment along with the other injured officers. Sergeant Bartlett died in the emergency room when doctors tried to save his life.
By orders of law enforcement authorities, the Covenant Health hospital was closed to free circulation and only officers from the various corporations related to the Levelland, Texas shooting can enter. Covenant Health issued a statement regarding the closure of activities for other civilian patients.
“We will pray for all the agents and their families”
“We are aware of the incident that occurred in the vicinity of the Covenant Health Levelland hospital early in the afternoon,” the hospital said, detailing that “as a precaution, we close the doors of the hospital for the safety of our patients, staff and visitors.”
The Covenant Health Levelland detailed that they will remain closed while the shooting continues to be classified as active by the various authorities. “We will remain fully closed until the situation ends … we support our community and police officers and we will pray for all officers and their families,” the statement ends.
America’s Deadly Firearms Pandemic
According to the non-profit organization Gun Violence Archives, which fights to raise awareness about the dangers of the free sale of firearms, so far this year in the United States 23,563 people have died from gunshots so far in its statistics until Tuesday, July 13, 2021 in the morning.
Of those people who have been shot dead in the United States, a total of 10,759 were killed and 12,804 committed suicide. In addition, 21,247 have been injured. In the first half of the year, the country has already experienced 350 mass shootings, which are the incidents, where at least four people die in the same event.
Levelland Shooting: A New Texas Mass Shooting
The Levelland shooting is the first in the classification of ‘mass shooting’, as classified by authorities when there are several victims, in the state of Texas since the alert issued by the Austin Police Department (APD, for its acronym in English) last Sunday, April 18, 2021 in the state capital.
That day the EPD issued a radio alert about the incident that occurred at 11:42 in the morning (local time) on Sunday, April 18, 2021, in an apartment complex. According to the APD, the shooting began on the 9600 Great Hills Trail, northwest of the Austin metropolitan area.
An ex-cop killed his wife, daughter and son-in-law
According to the APD spokespersons who spoke with MundoHispánico In Texas, the alleged shooter was a former police officer who came to an apartment complex and shot three people. Residents in the area have been ordered not to leave their homes until the alleged perpetrator is arrested.
SWAT officers arrived on the scene at the intersection of Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway streets to search for the shooter who may be hiding in the thick wooded area of north Austin and who was captured after several hours. search in a wooded area of the city.
The Massacre in Austin, Texas
Stephen Broderick, a former police officer, is allegedly responsible for the shooting at noon on Sunday, April 18, 2021 in Austin, Texas. Broderick, according to Austin Police Department (APD), left his ex-wife, daughter and son-in-law as fatalities.
Joe Chacón, acting head of the APD, was the one who identified the African-American Stephen Nicholas Broderick as the alleged perpetrator of the massacre that left three women dead, in an exclusive apartment complex in a residential area in the northwest of the Austin metropolitan area. The shooting began with an incident of domestic violence.
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