ODESSA, TX – Odessa Man shot after trying to run down cops with a stolen front end loader.
According to a release from the University of Texas Permian Basin Police Department, on Oct. 21, 2023, UTPB police officers were involved in an officer-involved shooting. The shooting occurred after a suspect, who stole a front-end loader, attempted to run the officers down.
Witnesses of the shooting claim to have heard dozens of shots. The UTPBPD confirmed that all five officers did fire at the subject and critically injured him. No word yet on charges or if the man is still alive. The following video was shared on social media regarding the incident.
The following is the full press release from the UTPB Police Department:
The University of Texas Permian Basin Police Department is investigating after an incident on Friday evening (October 21) at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center. The building is owned by UTPB.
UTPB PD report that an individual tried to enter the event center, but did not have a ticket, so he was asked to leave. About an hour later, police saw him near the engineering building. When officers approached him, he ran away.
Just after 10:00 pm officers noticed a large front-end loader tractor coming through the parking lot. The suspect then drove the tractor onto HWY 191, which is a high-traffic area. That’s when he hit both UTPB and Odessa police vehicles. He ignored commands to stop and purposely drove the tractor toward officers, placing them in danger. Five UTPB officers shot their firearms toward the individual who sustained multiple wounds. Officers administered first-aid, and the man was taken the hospital in critical condition.
No guests or officers were injured.
Per UT System Police policy, the five UTPB officers involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of an investigation. The Texas Rangers will handle the criminal investigation.”