‘Deeply saddened’: Texas officials respond to death of Lubbock Sergeant

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Sgt. Josh Bartlett and Procession. (Nexstar/staff)

LEVELLAND, Texas — State officials responded Thursday after Lubbock County Sheriff’s Sgt. Josh Bartlett died in the line of duty in Levelland.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz encouraged people to continue to pray for the officers injured in the line of duty Thursday.

“Deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Lubbock County Sheriff’s Sgt. Josh Bartlett. Please join Heidi & me in lifting up Sgt. Bartlett and his family in prayer. And please continue to pray for the brave officers injured in the line of duty today,” Cruz said.

Congressman Jodey Arrington also responded in a Facebook post.

“I ask the people of West Texas to pray for the family of Sgt. Josh Bartlett of the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office, who was tragically killed in the line of duty today. May God bless all the victims of today’s shooting, their families, and our community at this difficult time,” Arrington said in the post.

Governor Greg Abbott issued a statement Friday after Sgt. Bartlett was killed in the line of duty.

“Our hearts are with the loved ones of Sgt. Josh Bartlett as the state of Texas mourns his tragic death. Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe, and Sgt. Bartlett’s murder is a heartbreaking reminder of the sacrifices faced by law enforcement every day. Cecilia and I ask our fellow Texans to pray for the family and friends of Sgt. Bartlett as they mourn his death, and we also pray for the other three law enforcement officers who were injured in the line of duty,” Abbott said.

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