ODESSA – On Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 3:25 PM, a traffic stop was initiated by DPS on I-20 between Midland and Odessa. The driver opened fire on the trooper before fleeing westbound on the interstate, and shooting at a civilian at east Loop 338 and I-20. The suspect proceeded on a shooting spree in the City of Odessa and stole a mail carrier truck. The suspect continued shooting at innocent civilians all over Odessa before making his way to Cinergy on Highway 191.
The suspect then shot an Odessa Police Department officer, along with a Midland Police Department officer. Law enforcement officers returned fire, killing the suspect. At this time, there are a total of at least 21 injured and 5 confirmed deceased. There is no longer an immediate threat to the public, and this situation continues to be investigated by local, state and federal officials.
Anyone who believes they may have family members who are victims in this situation are urged to go to the Ector County Annex at 1010 E. 8th Street, or you can visit www.safeandwell.org Please avoid going to area hospitals for information.
This is still a very active investigation and more information will be released as it becomes available. A press conference will be held tomorrow at 9:30am in front of the Odessa Police Department.
The City of Odessa and the Odessa Police Department would like to extend our thanks to all assisting agencies. We offer our condolences to all affected by this tragedy.