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. oneStarman - Walla Walla, WA

    ANOTHER 'MYSTERIOUS' FIRE occurring during a Police Standoff.

    September 18, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuck

      Waco and this are hardly comparable. Your post is not only infantile, it is without merit.

      September 18, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sue

      The fire at WACO was not mysterious.

      September 18, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Landaux

      Thats why im glad to be out of Tx. Too much craziness.

      September 18, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • ikantraed

      Mysterious? More like delirious steers..

      September 18, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Debba

    What an idiot!
    I'm not gonna pay for stuff I buy & I'll shoot the reposessor & sheriff & start my trailer on fire.
    I'll get them back. What a dummy. Glad he at least got burned.

    September 18, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • mobeer

      A fire at the compound? I thought this guy was trailer trash... Well, I guess the fire must have compounded the trailer then...

      September 18, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Get Real

    Ah another Tea Party member.

    September 18, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      Ah, I didn't see where they reported his political affiliation. It's not in this article, where can I find it?

      September 18, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tubbykid

      Another idiot posting.

      September 18, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • For Real

      Where's the Beef? Have you nothing substantive to contribute about this article besides, baseless jabs at opposing political views. Get a life!

      September 18, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • mobeer

      Sorry, he's a Black Panther member....

      September 18, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • oneStarman - Walla Walla, WA

      @mobeer – do YOU remember when during a Black Panther party house Standoff with the Cops that the house 'Mysteriously' burnt to the ground with everyone inside. I was afraid I was the only one.'

      September 18, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • pvdnola

      @Get Real Awesome Post! I dont think that the tea partiers understand that everyone else thinks that they are wako

      September 18, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Snyphilis

      @pvdnola No we understand perfectly fine. We also understand that you are doing exactly what your accusing us of. (*maybe not you personally but I lumping you in with most anti-tea partiers) Stereotyping, biggotry, sometimes racism. Sick of hearing trailer trash/white trash comments, because of an image the media has created. Dare tell me it was created otherwise, I'm up for a good laugh.

      September 18, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sdgman

    Yeah... I wonder how his gonna feel about the threat to his rights by prison guards fore about the next 30 years.

    September 18, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. odessan

    I know this man and he has never been mentally sane he was a vietnam vet and had not left his land in many years and was a avid gun collector

    September 18, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom Troll

      He's from texas. Avid gun collection and not being quite mentally sane goes with the territory

      September 18, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • jpb

      another Nam vet off the street? no worry another generation of wrecks headed our way. lied into another illegal war based on lies fought by GENERATION ( ? add your relatives name here ? ).

      September 18, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Monica

    You gotta wonder what this guy was thinking... It ain't yours if its not paid off!

    September 18, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • WakeUp

      I see you're still clinging to the belief that we actually ever own anything. Pay your house off and miss your next property tax payment, see how long you still "own" that house. It's all an illusion, open your eyes...

      September 18, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. helen

    This isn't the same guy they did a pieceon in the 60min show?

    September 18, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JOHNJOHNINLA

    More than 100 police officers ?
    Is something wrong with us as a society that we
    have allowed the police to take center stage
    in every affair involving Americans?

    September 18, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tubbykid

      I don't call him shooting one civilian and two police officers an affair. I doubt his neighbors would say awe, what the heck, leave the good ole boy alone.

      September 18, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • West Texan

      There were actually 300 cops there. And okay we'll pull the cops out if you want to go into his house yourself. So your saying it's okay that he shoots who ever he wants? You are the definition of stupidity.

      September 18, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      JohnJohn you're stupidstupid.

      September 18, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • oneStarman - Walla Walla, WA

      THAT IS THE NATURE of a Police State. Once we had 'Peace Officers' Now we have Black Uniformed Storm Troopers with face-hiding shields and Machine Guns.

      September 18, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ulysses

      Hey, here in Huntington Beach 4 cop cars congregate to give one woman a ticket. And, if you ever call 911, be prepared to have at least 11 people descend on your house. Too much time on their hands?

      September 18, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. copshater

    Cops at work, or should I say the foot soldiers of a fascist goverment.

    September 18, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vietnam Vet

      With any luck, you will be next. That will make the streets safer for the rest of us.

      September 18, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      "The footsoldiers of a facist government..."

      A guy buys something, doesn't make payments on it so much that there is cause to repossess the item. When someone comes to do their JOB they get shot, and then when cops come to do their JOB, they also get shot at. Please explain to me how they are the 'footsoldiers of a facist government' in this scenario.

      September 18, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • My2Sense4U

      Copshater: If you consider this a fascist government, and law enforcement as their foot soldiers, then it behooves you to get as far away from here as possible. I hear N. Korea is hiring. Why do I believe you will stay put though and reap the benefits of this fascist government? Be a person and GET OUT if you don't like the government of this country. Moron!

      September 18, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • WakeUp

      Before badgering him calling the government fascist why don't you look up the defintion of fascist and apply that to the political/economical scene in America now days. By the way, repos are draconian in nature.

      September 18, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kamikaze

    If a civilian shows up with an officer to try and collect property he's going to have to have a court order. Peace officers are only there to keep the peace. What probably happened is that the civilian was there to repossess a vehicle and didn't have a court order to do so. The land owner told them to leave the property and they (civilian and peace officer) refused. The peace officer probably used his position knowing the land owner hated cops to make the situation worse. As far as I'm concerned they deserved to get shot. Now if the civilian did have a court order then that changes things. I work communications for a large metropolitan police department. Officers are there to keep the peace. Not p*ss off the general public. I cannot tell you how many times I've had to send EMS to a location because someone tried to repo a veh off someone's land without a court order. It makes no difference if you show up with a peace officer. If the land owner tells both to leave and there is no court order then they must vacate the premises unless the officer sees or hears something that violates the law.

    September 18, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • West Texan

      What are you some kind of lawyer? No your probably a gardner or a cook at McDonalds. And this entire report was wrong. The police and civillian weren't even on his property. They were on the one next to it doing oil field work when he shot them.

      September 18, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dale

      Get the windex out for you crystal ball, you don't have a clue.

      September 18, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • wisper

      Hey West Texan, can't you read. Kamikaze said he/she is a cop dispatcher and deals with this stuff all the time. And how do you know what happened there? were you involved? It does not matter anyway, if the guy is a nut case, Lock him up!

      September 18, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • PC

      They "deserved to get shot"?? Why don't you stick to 'communications', i.e. dispatching, where all your police and legal expertise can be displayed in the amazing ability to answer a phone and write down the caller's address. Thinking you can figure out what "probably happened" then going off on some insane hypothesis, shows your complete lack of intelligence.

      September 18, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kamikaze

      "West Texan
      What are you some kind of lawyer? No your probably a gardner or a cook at McDonalds. And this entire report was wrong. The police and civillian weren't even on his property. They were on the one next to it doing oil field work when he shot them."

      I can only go by what the report stated. I read the report that was linked and I was right. They were there to repo a veh. This guy had no electricity and lived by himself. This is just another example of law enforcement blowing things out of proportion. When the deputies were told to make location and assist the civilian concerning the repo they should have told the civilian to deal with it in court unless of course he did have a court order which I doubt he did. There is nothing in this report that states the vehicle was on any piece of land other then the suspects. Hopefully the deputies survive this ordeal and learn from their mistakes.

      September 18, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. david c

    some of you would probably have different thoughts if it was you or one of your family members this guy shot... now taxpayers have to house and feed him.. there should have been a different outcome...

    September 18, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. george

    Why are cops from Austin spending taxpayer money on salary and equipment to drive to Odessa in West Texas? This is BS!

    September 18, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vietnam Vet

      Just practicing for when your Tea Party governor succeeds.

      September 18, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dale

      I'm sure they were DPS officers not Austin PD

      September 18, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jo

    copshater, who will you be screaming for when YOU need help? And if they're not there fast enough you'll hate them for that! They'll never win in your eyes, so just go away.

    September 18, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • dixiejohn

      I called cops one time. they got there 20 min. later and almost shot me cept they were awful shots.

      September 19, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. ArmyVet

    This was not a political situation. This veteran has some mental problems that need to be dealt with. Yes, I'm sorry some people got shot & I'm sorry that he got hurt, but he needs help & at the same time the law enforcement officers had no idea what they were walking into. Better safe than sorry in my book.

    September 18, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bailoutsos

    Give Texas back to Mexico.Then all of America's issues will be resolved.

    September 18, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • cchristi

      at least give em the valley

      September 19, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
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