A 22-year-old man faces a capital murder charge in connection with the fatal July 15 shooting of a Lubbock County SWAT commander in Levelland.
Omar Soto-Chavira was jailed Wednesday morning at the Lubbock County Detention Center, where he appeared before an examining magistrate for an initial appearance after receiving an arrest warrant from Hockley County accusing him of capital murder .
Soto-Chavira walked quietly with his head down, ignoring a reporter’s questions as members of the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Response Team held him by the arms as they escorted him through the harbor. exit from the prison to the reservation area.
Soto-Chavira has been at University Medical Center since July 15, where he was treated for a gunshot wound, and will later be transferred to Hockley County, a Lubbock County Sheriff official said. His bond is set at $ 500,000.
According to the arrest warrant, Soto-Chavira is accused of shooting and killing Sgt. Joshua Bartlett, a nine-year veteran of the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office.
Bartlett and the SWAT team he was leading traveled to Levelland, where police were in a stalemate with a man shooting at police officers.
Earlier today, Levelland police intervened in the 1100 block of 10th Street, where residents reported a man lying on the ground holding a large weapon described as a rifle, according to the arrest warrant.
The man, identified as Soto-Chavira, retired to his home when the police arrived.
A Levelland police negotiator arrived at the scene, but Soto-Chavira reportedly refused to communicate and shot at the police, who retaliated.
Levelland Police Chief Albert Garcia called the Lubbock County Sheriff’s SWAT team for backup, the warrant said.
Immediately after the arrival of the SWAT team, Soto-Chavira reportedly started shooting again.
One of the bullets hit Bartlett in the neck, while another hit Levelland Police Sgt. Shawn Wilson in the head. Another Lubbock County Sheriff’s Deputy was shot in the hand, the warrant said.
Police responded and injured officers were taken to hospital.
Bartlett was taken to Covenant Medical Center in Levelland, where he died.
Soto-Chavira was arrested later that night when the SWAT team broke into his house.
He was taken to UMC for treatment there for a gunshot wound he allegedly sustained in the shooting with the SWAT team, officials said.
Capital murder carries the death penalty without the possibility of parole.