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Levelland police, SWAT on scene in 1100 block of 10th Street, public asked to avoid area

UPDATE: 7:31 p.m. The Lubbock County Sheriff’s Department released information regarding the fatal shooting of a Lubbock County Sheriff’s Deputy and SWAT Commander Sergeant Josh Bartlett Thursday, at an incident in the 1100 block of 10th Street. The release said the Lubbock County SWAT team responded to the 1100 block of 10th Street around 2:15 p.m. Thursday to assist the Levelland Police Department with reports of a barricaded subject and reports of shots fired. Shortly after arrival, gunfire was exchanged and Sgt. Bartlett was shot. He was transported to Covenant Health Levelland with life-threatening injuries where he was later pronounced deceased.

The release goes on to state that the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office continues to work with the Levelland Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Lubbock Police Department, Hockley County Sheriff’s Office, ATF, Homeland Security, FBI and US Marshals.

UPDATE: 5:37 p.m., Kasie Whitley, public information officer with the Lubbock Police Department, provided a briefing for journalists. She reported four officers have been injured, but could not confirm what department they were with. She also reported the incident began around 1:12 p.m. when Levelland police received a call regarding a subject who was possibly armed in the 1100 block of 10th Street. When officers arrived, they located the subject and the situation escalated, she said. The subject is still barricaded inside the home. On scene, agencies include: Texas Department of Public Safety, Levelland Police Department, Hockley County Sheriff’s Department, FBI, ATF, U.S. Marshals, Lubbock Sheriff’s Department, Lubbock Police Department and Lubbock County SWAT. Three of the wounded officers were transported to University Medical Center in Lubbock and one police officer was taken to the emergency room at Covenant Health Levelland.

UPDATE: At 4:44 p.m., Cole Kirkland said there is only one officer injured with the Levelland Police Department. Kirkland reported one officer was taken to Covenant Health Levelland, two were transported by ambulance to Lubbock and one officer was transported by air to Lubbock.

UPDATE: At 3:58 p.m., Cole Kirkland, emergency management coordinator for Levelland and Hockley County reported four peace officers have been wounded and transported to Lubbock, two are in critical condition. He said the officers are multi-agency.

The Levelland Police Department responded to a residence in the 1100 block of 10th Street Thursday around 2:30 p.m.

Also on scene are officers with the Department of Public Safety, Hockley County Sheriff’s Department, Lubbock County Sheriff’s Department and Lubbock County SWAT.

Shots were heard on scene by a News-Press reporter.

The Levelland and Hockley County Emergency Management Office issued an alert at 3:33 p.m. Thursday that read “Warning: Police incident going on — 10th Street & Ave J Levelland, TX AVOID AREA”

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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