Authorities apprehend suspect in deadly Levelland shooting

Just before midnight on Friday morning, Levelland Police and the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office announced that they had arrested the deadlock suspect and Thursday’s fatal shooting in Levelland. Levelland Police stalled with the suspect just after 1 p.m. Thursday afternoon in the 1100 block of 10th Street.

The standoff ended at 11:30 p.m., ending a 10-hour ordeal that shut down much of Levelland. When the arrest was made, robots from Lubbock Police and the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office were used to break into the mobile home, according to Lubbock County Sheriff Kelly Rowe.

The suspect has been identified as Omar Soto-Chavira, 22. He was hiding in the bathroom of the mobile home and gas was used to force him out of the bathroom, where he was subsequently apprehended.

During Thursday night’s press conference, the Levelland police chief also noted that Soto-Chavira is Hispanic. Soto-Chavira was injured during the clash and was taken by EMS to a hospital in Lubbock after his arrest.

Soto-Chavira is accused of killing the SWAT commander of the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office, Staff Sgt. Josh Bartlett in an exchange of gunfire hours after the stalemate began. Four other law enforcement officials were injured, one of whom was successfully operated on for a gunshot wound.

The Texas Rangers will take the lead in the deadly shootout and standoff investigation.

Sheriff Rowe also noted that Soto-Chavira will be charged with capital murder of a peace officer and several counts of attempted capital murder of a peace officer. Additional charges will be filed by the Texas Rangers and Texas DPS, while working with local prosecutors.

Video of the press conference courtesy of KAMC News:

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