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. Mike

    Its Obama's fault

    September 18, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Wade

    As already pointed out. The guy was checking on his rig when confronted and shot. This prompted the police response. The 2 cops shot were ambushed. One shot in the neck exiting his shoulder and the other in the head as a graze wound. He has bunkers all around his house with explosives and military type firearms. He has old cars placed so that any frontal assault would place law enforcement in a "kill zone." A swat team engaged him in a tunnel, he received shrapnel wounds to the head. He sat fire to the house, and later gave up. (sorry for typos, using phone.)

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

    Sounds like this guy listens to Alex Jones alot.

    September 18, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mark from Las Vegas

    The article says, 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."
    Well now, the suspect is going to find all about the rights he has.

    September 18, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mark

    thats what happens when you tresspass. everyone that got shot deserved it

    September 18, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • TXgirl

      Seriously?!? If someone shot one of your family members I'm sure you'd be the first to disagree with your ignorant comment. No one "deserves" any harm.

      September 19, 2010 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. thhhhhhhhhh

    yall best git!

    September 18, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kamikaze

    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."

    I can only go by what the report states. Small time peace officers usually make a lot of mistakes and misuse power. By the way I am a peace officer. Communications is just something I love to do because I feel I can make a difference supporting my fellow officers. Maybe it's because there are so many bad dispatchers I've run into. Being able to extract information from the public and dispatch in a timely matter is difficult. Writing down the callers address isn't the only thing done. Some people are reluctant to answer questions depending on their situation. If all you did was get an address then you would be a horrible dispatcher and possibly place every officer you send out to in harms way.

    Now back onto the subject that some officers put themselves into positions where they get shot and deserve it. Yes. There have instances where I've made a location and calmed down the situation just to have some high strung officer show up and totally disrupt everything I've done placing myself and him/her in harms way. Do I hope people get killed? No. But sometimes certain officers will do things around you that is blatantly stupid and they didn't do them because of lack of knowledge.

    September 18, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Eric of Reseda

    The guy must have been a Tea Partier.

    September 18, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • caser

      no he wasnt a tea party member he was a meber of the republic of texas

      September 18, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. sherri

    what is worng with you people, it really does matter and here we are in our free country, right to bare arms, i have family in odessa you poeple in west texas better be glad he did not blow you all up

    September 18, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ulysses

    Dear ForReal: You have wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy too much time on your hands!

    September 18, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. torak

    I know West Texans, and they don't like anything that says "government" or "authority". Odessa and that area are the worst of the worst, in terms of them thinking like 'We're West Texans and nobody tells us what to do!!!" They have more trouble out there with so-called freedom lovers who are really just trouble makers.

    September 18, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erin

      Seriously?? I'm from Odessa and nothing you just said makes sense to me. Perhaps you know the wrong people there. Careful with the sweeping statements.

      September 19, 2010 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
    • TXgirl

      You're an idiot!!! I live in west Texas and I have no problem with government OR authority. I do, however have a problem with stupid people who think they know everything. Get a life and quit thinking you know how we TEXANS live ours.

      September 19, 2010 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. hahaha

    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."

    "his rights"? The only "right" this idiot may have is a hanging rope.

    September 18, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Roberto

    One man. Some weapons. A house trailer. Odessa, TX., west Texas flatlands. More than one hundred law officers attending, some from as far away as Austin? Do they send in fifty law officers when a parent goes to their child's school loaded with a mouthful of invectives for the administration because of some school infraction? Holy Mackerel! Who was handing out speeding tickets to the hoard of people trying to get the hell out of Texas because of its "Welcome to Texas! Now Go Home" mindset?

    September 18, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. kuntryboy

    Thes iz wat hapinz win youins call the law on usinz.

    September 18, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roberto

      Whoopeeteee Eye Ohhh, Ratso!!!

      September 18, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Timothy

    WOW! I was just visualising how this very incident could happen, not more than 2 days ago! I was thinking of how heated, this economic depression, could make a person capable of becoming like that. And I had in mind a man defending his property from a reposession handler, brandishing his gun in just the way your news agency described in this article: A man going to the dukes to keep "what is his." America had better wake up to this reality they call, "The Recession."

    September 18, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
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