September 18th, 2010
05:20 PM ET

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.

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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."

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  1. Jimmy

    You people are funny

    September 18, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. cchristi

    where's the video already? That many police must have every angle covered.

    September 19, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jimmy

    Dixiejohn that was a good one

    September 19, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tony


    September 19, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sarah


    September 19, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. odessen

    ok i live next to this man for one the trailer was an oil company trailer they had it out there cuz they own the menarils rights to the land and yes it all happened on his proprity not condoning what he did just wanted to get the story staright and the reason for all the cops was cuz he had land mines set up around his compond and tonels under his trailer

    September 20, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. CW

    Ok enough with the name calling and badgering Texans. I was born and raised in Odessa. If you want to know the there are idiots in EVERY state....Here as well. Name calling, will get us no where. I agree it was a little uncalled for to have over 20 agencies over this deal. The safety of the neighborhood I can understand. I would not want my grandchild hit by stray bullets. How would you feel? Whether he was involved in a repo or someone working in the oil field, doesn't matter. What if it was your neighbor that started shooting and you got shot? Would the name calling go on???
    As far as Law Officers- they are criminals with a badge and power...think about it. There are crooked cops, lawyers, judges, etc. in EVERY state and city in the USA! If you pay your bills and mind your OWN business- no worries....Texans do no not think we are the most awesome people in the US. Tea Party, Obama Haters, Bush Haters, Clinton Haters....I could go on, but why? Learn to spell, learn ENGLISH, and enjoy the freedoms we have....
    CANT WE ALL JUST GET ALONG? Instead of name calling and bashing Texans. We are NOT all bad. From coast to coast...We have freedom of speech, but some people should just SHUT UP!!!!!!!!

    September 20, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • CW

      Oh, and ple'ase LEARN TO SPELL! It really makes you look like an idiot if you cant spell Tunnel, minerals,property, and best example on here kuntryboy

      Thes iz wat hapinz win youins call the law on usinz. sound like a really intelligent person. As far as giving Texas back to Mexico...why bother they have all moved here and invaded us anyways!!!!!

      September 20, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hurricane

    You know, if you stick to you and yours and leave me and mine alone all is well. Regardless of speculation, there was a peace officer on the scene from get-go. If Officer Friendly was called out before hand, then there was some sort of legal precedings before hand. Idiot Suspect was probably aware of said precedings and took the time prepare for a pointless standoff, instead dealing with the situation at hand. Noone snuck up on this man, he was waiting. There are ways to contest events without assaulting the very people we require to keep the peace. There is not a single person responding to this that wants a world without law enforcement. You may want to be exempt from the rules, but to live without them, is to put youself at the hands of whoever, whenever, just because they can. The average Baddass that wants to live without the rules, is just a mouth flapping in the wind. He/she can survive just fine on their skill and luck as long as they've got a Lonestar card, Housing, SSI and child support. There are exceptions; you are not one of them. Respect the law, participate in your community and stick to you and yours and leave me and mine alone. When you get tired of running down Texas, come on by. We stand on our two feet and would welcome you to come due the same.

    October 19, 2010 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. OT

    You are all stupid. Everyone knows that much

    January 21, 2011 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
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