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9/10/07

Lubbock and Odessa Come Together For Wounded Officer at UMC

Source: Odessa American online Source: Odessa American online

From condolences to the families to support at the hospital, Lubbock authorities are expressing their support for the Odessa Police Department who has lost two officers and is praying for a third.

Corporal Abel Marquez remains in critical condition at University Medical Center. A medical helicopter flew Marquez to UMC here in Lubbock late Saturday night. He suffered a gunshot wound to the face.

Marquez's fellow officers, Corporals Arlie Jones and Scott Gardner were shot and killed. All were involved in a stand-off at a home in Odessa Saturday night. A woman had called police, saying her husband had hit her.

When officers arrived, they found the front door locked, so they went around back. That is when 58-year old Larry White allegedly opened fire with a shotgun, hitting several officers. Odessa police and SWAT used an ATV to crash through a fence to retrieve the wounded officers.

One of the officers managed to return fire and shot White in the abdomen just before he went back inside the home. The suspect kept the SWAT team at bay for another hour, before he surrendered. White was arraigned on two counts of capital murder and three counts of attempted capital murder Monday afternoon. He is being held without bond.

Monday afternoon, Marquez took a turn for the worse and we're told the situation is extremely serious. Authorities and city leaders from both Lubbock and Odessa spent time at the hospital. Odessa's City Manager and police officers flew in Monday with an escort from a DPS helicopter. They say they are completely overwhelmed by Lubbock's support.

We're told Lubbock Sheriff's Office has made sure an officer was in Marquez's room since the moment he arrived. And we're told 20 to 30 people are at the hospital, all hoping for the best. We know the Lubbock Police Department, Lubbock County Sheriff's Office and DPS are helping provide food and housing for the visiting families.

A fund has been established at the Lubbock National Bank. If you would like to make any donations to any of the three officer's families you can go to any Lubbock National Bank location. The account is named the Odessa Police Assistance Fund.

We've also learned the Lubbock Police Department has offered traffic assistance for the funerals of the other officers.

9/9/07
Two Odessa Police Officers Killed in Standoff
Two Texas police officers responding to a domestic disturbance call were killed after an hour-long standoff in Odessa. Another officer was flown to UMC in Lubbock where he remains in critical condition.

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