Local officials respond to death of Lubbock Sergeant

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Updated for video of the procession from Levelland to Lubbock

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

Judge Curtis Parrish also responded and said he and his wife “join Lubbock County citizens in mourning the loss of Lubbock County Sheriff’s deputy, Sgt. Josh Bartlett, who was shot and killed in the line of duty today.”

Lubbock County Sheriff’s Sergeant Josh Bartlett, image from video archive (Nexstar/Staff)

The Levelland Police Department said in a Facebook post Sgt. Josh Bartlett, with the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team, gave his life in the defense of the citizens of Levelland today.

“We send our heartfelt prayers to his family, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service, Sgt. Bartlett. It is a debt we can never repay,” the post said.

Lubbock Police Department’s Sgt. Steven Bergen said in a Twitter post “My heart hurts for my brothers and sisters of the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office and for the family of Sgt. Josh Bartlett. Rest In Peace Brother, we’ll take it from here.”

Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope said in a statement that he and his wife joined the City of Lubbock and all Lubbock citizens in mourning the tragic and senseless death of Commander Sgt. Josh Bartlett.

“The Lubbock Police Department SWAT Team and negotiators remain engaged with local and state authorities in the ongoing situation in Levelland. This senseless killing serves as a stark reminder of the danger our first responders face everyday. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bartlett family and the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Department family.” Pope also said.

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Officials within the Texas Tech Athletics Department posted on Facebook with an image of the Jones AT&T Stadium lit up with blue lights in respect to Sgt. Josh Bartlett.

“One community, always. Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to our local law enforcement and all those affected by today’s tragic events in Levelland,” the Texas Tech Athletics’ Facebook post said.

Lubbock PD Assistant Chief of Police Jon Caspell said “Sad for the loss of my friend. Please keep his family and our Lubbock County Sheriff Office in thoughts and prayers.”

Levelland Mayor Barbra Pinner said in a news release “to the family of fallen Lubbock County S.W.A.T. Commander, Sgt. Josh Bartlett, you have our heartfelt condolences. He leaves this world as a hero. Though your loss is unimaginable, please know his sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

Today, Brenda and I join Lubbock County citizens in mourning the loss of Lubbock County Sheriff’s deputy, Sgt. Josh Bartlett, who was shot and killed in the line of duty today. It is with heavy hearts that we send our deepest sympathies to the Sgt’s family, friends, and his brothers and sisters in law enforcement.

This terrible loss is a solemn reminder of the risks our brave law enforcement officers face while protecting our communities. I ask all Lubbock County citizens to join us in praying for his family, for healing for the other officers who were injured in the standoff, and for the entire Lubbock County Sheriff’s Department.

As a mark of respect, it is fitting that flags at all Lubbock County buildings be lowered to half-staff in his honor and memory.

Judge Curtis Parrish

On behalf of the City of Levelland, I want to extend our deepest gratitude to the Levelland Police
Department, Hockley County Sheriff’s Office, Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office, Lubbock Police
Department, SPC Police Department, City of Levelland Public Works employees and the many
regional, state and federal law enforcement professionals that responded to our community
during yesterday’s dangerous stand-off. We are reminded that those who protect us daily run
toward the danger while getting the rest of us out of harm’s way.
To those officers who were injured, including Levelland Police Department Sgt. Shawn Wilson,
who remains hospitalized at this time, we are grateful for your service to our citizens and we
send our prayers for healing.
Finally, to the family of fallen Lubbock County S.W.A.T. Commander, Sgt. Josh Bartlett, you
have our heartfelt condolences. He leaves this world as a hero. Though your loss is
unimaginable, please know his sacrifice will never be forgotten.
I ask our citizens to join me in lifting up our first responders and the family of Sgt. Bartlett in
prayer

Barbra Pinner
Mayor, City of Levelland

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