One Person Dead Following Shooting In Levelland

Published 02/14 2014 09:29AM

Updated 02/14 2014 04:52PM

Update 4:45 p.m.

By: Meredith Hillgartner

LUBBOCK, TX-Around 7 o’clock Thursday night, two Levelland police officers knocked on the door of a mobile home at 1108 5th street.

The man they were searching for was 44 year old Lloyd Wayne Halbrooks.

The officers had a warrant for Halbrooks arrest for writing hot checks.

A press release from the Levelland police department said after several tries, Halbrooks finally answered, with a gun in his hand.

Officers took cover, and then heard a gunshot from inside the house.

That is when the men returned fire.

The report said when officers finally went inside they found Halbrooks dead from an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

A neighbor across the street did not want to be identified, but said she heard two loud bangs.

When her husband went out to see what happened, police told him to get back inside.

She said in six years she never spoke to Halbrooks, and only saw him a few times.

While we were at the house, the man who manages Halbrooks home stopped by.

He said he had just spoke to Halbrooks on Sunday and everything seemed fine.

The manager says Halbrooks family had lived in the home since the 60's and Halbrooks had gone through a divorce a few years ago.

Hockley county district attorney Chris Dennis told KLBK family members said Halbrooks had been contemplating ending his life for a few weeks.

The two officers that served the warrant were placed on administrative leave.

The case has been turner over to the Texas Rangers.

Dennis said that is a standard procedure for any case where a person is killed.

He also said there will be an autopsy on Halbrooks’ body.

Release by Levelland Police Department

(LEVELLAND, TX) - At about 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 13, two uniformed Levelland Police Officers were attempting to serve a hot warrant at a Levelland residence.

After a lengthy attempt to get the occupant to answer the door, the occupant did respond. 

However, the occupant refused to exit his house and produced a handgun. 

At that point, the officers took cover and heard a single gunshot from the house.

The officers returned cover fire.

The officers then approached the house and found the subject dead of an apparent self inflicted wound.

In accordance with LPD policy, the officers are temporarily on administrative duty and the investigation of this incident has been turned over to the Texas Rangers.

The name and address of the subject is being withheld, pending notification of next of kin.

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