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D.o.D cop
09-09-2007, 12:54 PM
ODESSA, Texas - Two police officers responding to a domestic disturbance were killed and a third was critically wounded by a gunman who led authorities on an hours-long standoff, authorities said.

Investigators said a woman leaving the home Saturday night told the responding officers her husband had hit her. When the officers were unable to enter the house through the front door, they tried to go in the back door, where a man came out shooting at them, said Tela Mange, a Department of Public Safety spokeswoman.

The suspected gunman, Larry White, 58, went back into the house, where he held police in a four-hour standoff until he surrendered around 10 p.m., Mange said.

The Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting deaths of Odessa Cpl. Arlie Jones, 48, and Cpl. John "Scott" Gardner, Mange said.

Cpl. Abel Marquez remained hospitalized in critical condition after being shot in the face, Mange said.

White, who was shot in the abdomen and was in stable condition at a hospital under police guard, likely will face two counts of capital murder and attempted murder of an officer, Mange said. It was not immediately clear who shot White.

"This is a tragic day for Odessa," Mayor Larry Melton said. "Our concern now is for the families of the officers."

Odessa is about 300 miles west of Austin.

RIP Brothers.

09-09-2007, 01:12 PM
Well, I don't know but this year has been a terrible one for LE here in Texas. For whatever reason this story didn't rank a mention on the Dallas paper's web site. I caught a 5 second clip on the news and pulled up the Odessa paper to find the story. Hopefully will find out more in the coming days.

RIP officers. My prayers go out to your friends and family.

Desert DPS
09-09-2007, 01:17 PM
RIP, brothers. I hope the shooter gets what he deserves. :(

09-09-2007, 01:29 PM
West Odessa standoff
Two officers slain, one critically injured
2007-09-08 23:13:00

Two OPD officers investigating an incomplete 9-1-1 call and a report
of shots being fired were gunned down and another was wounded Saturday
evening in western Odessa by a man who neighbors described as "mostly
keeping to himself."

Odessa Police Department Cpl. Arlie Jones and Cpl. John "Scott"
Gardner were killed Saturday -- and Cpl. Abel Marquez was fighting for
his life after being shot in the face.

Jones had been with OPD for 23 years and was 48, his stepdaughter
Shanna Foppiano, 32, said.

"He was very well respected and big in his church (Temple Baptist now
CrossRoads Fellowship)," she said. "He was just a big kid at heart,
and he loved everybody."

Foppianno said she was told Jones died inside the home at 2912 Ventura
Ave. "He lost radio contact with OPD, and they couldn't get to him
inside the house for a while."

The three were shot by a 50-ish white man who neighbors described as
possibly a Vietnam veteran who kept to himself and rarely spoke to

The home is listed as being owned by Larry White, 58.

The suspect, as of press time, was in stable condition, according to
hospital spokeswoman ReneƩ Henderson Earls, who could not confirm the
name of the suspect.

The man held OPD officers, Texas Department of Public Safety officers,
ECISD police and Ector County sheriff's deputies at bay for more than
four hours. Police negotiated with the man who surrendered at about
10:27 p.m. and was taken to Medical Center Hospital.

At 11:36 p.m. Saturday, Marquez, who had been listed in critical
condition, was flown by CareStar to University Medical Center in Lubbock.

Earls said Marquez underwent a CT scan and had been stabilized at MCH.

Following the standoff, officers and HazMat continued to work the
scene as neighbors who were trapped in their homes during the standoff
finally ventured out.

Next door neighbor Stacy Gill said she was just pulling up to her home
when she heard the initial shots. "My family was out in the backyard,"
she said.

Gill said her mother told her the suspect was a Vietnam vet.

Dozens of law enforcement officials were on the scene for most of the
standoff and the aftermath.

"They were excellent officers," Lt. Mark Rowden said of the slain and
injured officers.

"Anyone who puts on that uniform is pretty awesome," Cpl. Sherrie
Carruth said after the standoff ended.

A visibly shaken OPD Chief Chris Pipes said he would visit the
families of the slain officers. Odessa Mayor Larry Melton and City
Manager Richard Morton were also on the scene.

"This is a tragic day for Odessa. Our concern now is for the families
of the officers," Melton said.

District Attorney Bobby Bland was also at the standoff. "This is
definitely one of the darkest days I've seen in Odessa and as a
district attorney."

Texas Rangers have taken control of the investigation, a routine
procedure in cases involving officers and gunfire.

Midland County police officers and Midland County sheriff deputies
also assisted in the standoff. An armored personnel carrier from
Midland was also brought in during the standoff.

Odessa American writers Craig Craker, Veronica Sandate, Elaine
Marsilio, Gene Powell, Laura Dennis and David J. Lee contributed to
this report.

09-09-2007, 01:38 PM
It's not just here in Texas that it's been a bad year....it's been a bad year for LE all over the U.S.

May their deaths never be in vain and may they watch over us and keep us comfort.

09-09-2007, 02:11 PM
It's not just here in Texas that it's been a bad year....it's been a bad year for LE all over the U.S.

May their deaths never be in vain and may they watch over us and keep us comfort.

Ditto. Sadly, DV calls are the most dangerous that you guys go to. Sadly, the abusers just don't get that they are responsible for their own actions. Blame the one that they are mad at, blame the cop for coming into "where they don't belong"..ect.ect.ect..

It has been a very BAD year for all LE and I keep you guys in my prayers.

09-09-2007, 02:31 PM
Makes me sick.

09-09-2007, 04:31 PM
It has been a very BAD year for all LE and I keep you guys in my prayers.

Any year is bad when even one cop gets killed. But the seventies were far deadlier than the 80,s 90, or 2000's with respect to cops geting killed.

At least the number has decreased rather than increased.

09-10-2007, 07:44 AM
Mid-afternoon Associated Press update from Sunday, September 9:

(AP) ODESSA The wife of a man accused of killing two police officers and critically wounding a third had called police to the house several times before when he'd get drunk "and a little pushy", a neighbor said Sunday.

Larry White, 58, is an avid hunter who likes guns and often drinks beer during the day, next-door neighbor Raymond Graham said Sunday.

"I can't believe he snapped," he said. "Something made him tweak."

Investigators say a woman called authorities around 6:15 p.m. Saturday. When police arrived, she came out and told officers her husband had hit her, Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Tela Mange said.

Police couldn't enter the house through the front door. When they tried to go in the back door, a man began firing at them. He then came out of the house and continued shooting before retreating back inside, Mange said.

It wasn't immediately clear how many guns he had or what kind they were, but the wounded officer was shot with buckshot.

Graham said police had been called to the home at least three times in the past 10 years.

"But all the previous times it was nonviolent," he said. "Never anything involving gunfire. He'd get drunk and he'd get a little pushy."

White's wife, Judy, could not be located to comment Sunday. The couple have no children, Graham said.

The Whites' one-story house appeared untended and in disrepair in an otherwise pleasant, well-kept neighborhood in this oil patch city of about 95,000 about 300 miles west of Austin. An oil derrick was pumping Sunday across the street in an elementary-school yard.

A request for information about prior incidents at the home and a copy of the 911 tape from Saturday evening was not immediately fulfilled by Odessa police Sunday.

Graham said that before any shots were fired he overheard Judy White tell Cpls. Arlie Jones, 48, and John "Scott" Gardner, 30, that she had locked her husband's guns in the trunk of her older model Mercedes Benz inside the couple's garage last weekend.

Jones and Gardner were both killed in the shootout.

After talking to police in Graham's driveway, Judy White asked to use Graham's phone, the neighbor said.

"She said, 'Larry's drunk and they're going to talk him down,"' he said. "And then bam, bam, bam, bam. He opened fire on (the officers)," who had their guns drawn as they made their way into the backyard of White's home.

Judy White and Graham were standing near a window in his home when gunfire erupted, Graham said.

"As soon as he opened fire they returned fire but he had already hit them both," Graham said. "We saw it all going on."

Authorities eventually were able to speak with the suspected gunman, who surrendered after 10 p.m. Saturday, officials said.

Graham said White was diagnosed with stomach cancer about two years ago and given six months to live, but the disease was in remission.

Cpl. Abel Marquez, 32, who was shot in the face with buckshot, remained hospitalized in Lubbock in critical condition.

White, who was shot in the abdomen, was transferred from the hospital to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center and booked on two counts of capital murder and three counts of attempted capital murder. No attorney was listed for White on his book-in sheet and it wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Blood splatters from Marquez's wounds remained on Graham's driveway pavement early Sunday. Marquez initially hung back near the street but went to the corner of the house near the backyard with his gun drawn, Graham said.

Another neighbor, 21-year-old Monica Renteria, was trying to close her family's garage door when she saw Marquez, her cousin's father, holding the left side of his face.

She yelled to him from across the street to ask if he was OK.

"He gestured no, he wasn't OK," Renteria said. "His eyes were like....you could tell something was going on."

Another patrol arrived a short time later and took Marquez to the hospital, Graham said.

The dead officers lay on either side of the home's back door. Police brought an armored vehicle into the yard and a robot was used to pull the officers' bodies away from the home, Graham said.

Mange said the men were pronounced dead at the scene.

The officers' deaths were the first by gunfire in the department's history, and doubled the number killed in the line of duty, DPS' Mange said. Two officers died in 1982 and 1988 in motorcycle accidents, according to the department's Web site.

The Texas Rangers are investigating the incident.

09-10-2007, 11:33 AM
the POS needs to get the firing squad ASAP. Give him no appeals, Give him nothing but lead.

09-10-2007, 05:22 PM
This is Texas, the only future Mr. White can look forward to is dying of cancer before the TieDown team at Huntsville take him to a little room and put needles in his arm. While most states are hesitant to execute, Texas has put in an express lane.

The death of these two fine men diminishes us all and leaves the nation and Texas that much poorer for it.