UPDATE: Gunman Shots Two, Including an Ector Co. Sheriff Deputy

UPDATE: Gunman Shots Two, Including an Ector Co. Sheriff Deputy

Authorities say the gunman is under arrest. But the Deputy and the other man shot continue to recover in the hospital.
Picture of Javier Leyva from his public Facebook page. (Facebook, Facebook)
Picture of Javier Leyva from his public Facebook page. (Facebook, Facebook)
UPDATE: Odessa, TX (Local Big 2 News) - Officials say Javier Leyva, an investigator with the Ector County Sheriff's office, was shot in the line of duty in the 3200 block of W. Tenth Street Friday afternoon.

It launched a search for an armed gunman.

"If he'll shoot at a police officer, he'll shoot at anybody else," said Sgt. Gary Deusler, public information officer for the Ector County Sheriff's office.

Sgt. Deusler says Leyva was not the first person shot by the gunman.

"The suspect got out, went over to another vehicle and attempted to car jack it, ended up shooting that driver, and then shot our officer," Sgt. Deusler said.

Leyva was watching the vehicle the gunman was reportedly first in, as it was believed to be involved in a drive-by shooting earlier this week.

After shots were fired, multiple officers rushed to the scene.

"When an officer puts out that he's been shot or needs help, everything stops and that's priority one," said Sgt. Deusler said.

Sgt. Deusler says the shooter took off. And that multiple law enforcement agencies joined in the search for the shooter, including Odessa Police

"We're here to back them up and provide them with any resources," said Andrea Goodson, public information officer for the City of Odessa.

The joint effort helped to catch the armed shooter in just a few hours.

But the investigation is far from over.

"We're going through the process of doing the crime scene investigation, they're photographing everything and lifting any prints," said Sgt. Deusler.

The shooter's name has not yet been released.


UPDATE: Ector County Sheriff officials tell us the search for the gunman is over.

Sheriff officials say they've made one arrest in this case, but they are not releasing the arrestee's name.

Sheriff officials say Javier Leyva was the deputy shot. Authorities say he'd been with the Ector County Sheriff's Office a while, and had worked his way up to investigator.

MCH tells us Leyva is in "good condition." Per the hospital, that's defined as: "Excellent or good prognosis. Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious and comfortable."


ODESSA, TX (Local Big 2 News) -- Authorities search for a gunman accused of shooting an Ector County Sheriff's Deputy Friday afternoon.

Ector County Sheriff officials say the deputy was shot while responding to a "suspicious vehicle" in the 3200 block of W. 10th Street. We're told that vehicle may have been involved in a drive-by shooting earlier this week.

Sheriff officials tell us the shooter took off and then attempted to car-jacked a vehicle and shot another person in the process.

Sheriff officials, Odessa Police and Texas Rangers are actively searching for the shooter.


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