After more than 22 hours, the officer involved shooting in West Odessa came to an end Saturday afternoon. Victor White surrendered to police after allegedly shooting two Ector County Sheriff’s Deputies and one a civilian.
Monday afternoon, Big 2 news got word that both of the officers who were shot, Deputy Ricky Tijerina and Sgt. Steve McNeill have both been released from the hospital and are with their families recovering at home. The civilian shot, Luke Bedrick, was also released from the hospital.
It's a sigh of relief that no one was killed and looking back at what happened; Monday is a completely different scene than Friday and Saturday. Now that Victor White is behind bars, investigators are searching for evidence as to why this shooter allegedly open fired.
“What’s real crucial is those first hours that you’re dealing with. You have to know who you’re dealing with and what kind of background they have," explains Trooper John Barton with DPS.
Rumor had it, that White has military ties and there was chance White was a good shot. So, law enforcement brought in their most experienced officers.
"You want to make sure you have your best individuals to handle those situations so you have your best outcome, which in this case, this guy surrendered," says Barton.
Prior to giving himself up, White did something unexpected.
"We just know that he set off a fire shortly before he surrendered. As far as why he did it, we have no idea," says Barton.
This wasn't the first run in with the law for White; he's been arrested before in Ector County. It's also believed that White is somehow connected to certain white supremacy groups. Maybe the fire was a way to cover-up even more wrong doings?
At one point, officers thought there was more than one shooter. But police have determined that White was the only shooter in this.