On Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 3:25 pm, a traffic stop was initiated by DPS on I-20 between Midland and Odessa. The driver opened fire on the trooper before fleeing westbound on the interstate, and shooting at a civilian at east Loop 338 and I-20. The suspect proceeded on a shooting spree in the City of Odessa and stole a mail carrier truck. The suspect continued shooting at innocent civilians all over Odessa before making his way to Cinergy on Highway 191.
The suspect then shot an Odessa Police Department officer, along with a Midland Police Department officer. Law enforcement officers returned fire, killing the suspect. 25 were injured and 7 were confirmed deceased.
Local Counseling & Grief Services
The City of Odessa has provided a list of counseling services for residents who may be facing difficulties after the shooting.
National Help Line
If you or someone you know are facing substance abuse or mental health issues, please get in touch with the National Help Line.