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Police Suspects Released After Getting Injury Treatment At Hospital

Odessa, TX (Big 2 News) - Odessa police suspects not being released back into police custody after receiving injury treatment at the hospital has happened a number of times.
Odessa, TX (Big 2 News) - Odessa police suspects not being released back into police custody after receiving injury treatment at the hospital has happened a number of times.

Already two times this year.

But both hospital and Odessa police officials say there's a valid reason.

"It's just simply due to man power, they may not be able to sit here in the hospital 24 hours a day while somebody's admitted," said Brad Timmons, chief of police director and director of safety and emergency preparedness for the Ector County Hospital District Police.

For example,

"The officer is needed out more in the streets rather than the hospital watching somebody for several hours and some cases several days until they are released, " said Cpl. Steve LeSueur, public information officer for the Odessa Police Department.

Odessa police officials tell me when a suspect has to be admitted to the hospital for several days, an un-arrest on a suspect must be made.

"They may choose just to get warrants and once they're released then arrest them," Timmons said.

Medical Center Hospital Chief of Police Brad Timmons says when a suspect is brought in without any standing warrants, hospital security can't step in.

"If they're not in law enforcement custody then they're not arrested. And nobody's here with them so, they're not a detainee," Timmons said.

However, if a suspect is brought in with a serious charge such as burglary, kidnapping or violence, a police officer will be there monitoring the suspect.

"in a perfect world we'd love to have more officers but with the shortage right now, it's just extremely difficult to do that," LeSueur said.

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