BIG LAKE, TX - At approximately 11:30 a.m. today, Marcus Wade Madison, 42, was arrested on a warrant for Attempted Capital Murder. Madison had what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the face, and was transported to a hospital. No one else was located at the residence. A search warrant has also been obtained for the residence, and the investigation is ongoing.
On Wednesday evening, Reagan County Sheriff's Deputy Josh Mitchell was following up on a complaint regarding Marcus Wade Madison in Big Lake, Texas. During the contact with Madison, Deputy Mitchell was shot, and later died.
Madison barricaded himself in a residence all night and into the morning. Several houses nearby were evacuated as a safety precaution. Law enforcement officials from around the area assisted and supported the Reagan County Sheriff's Office on the scene until Madison was ultimately apprehended.
Agencies that assisted in this incident included the Midland Police Department, Midland County Sheriff's Office, Lubbock County Sheriff's Office, Howard County Sheriff's Office, Irion County Sheriff's Office, Sutton County Sheriff's Office, Upton County Sheriff's Office, Sterling County Sheriff's Office, Glasscock County Sheriff's Office, Crockett County Sheriff's Office, Schleicher County Sheriff's Office the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Aircraft, DPS Texas Highway Patrol, DPS Special Response Team, DPS SWAT, DPS Criminal Investigations Division, Howard County District Attorney's Office, U.S. Marshall Service, Reagan County Fire Department and EMS, and the American Red Cross, as well as others.
The Texas Rangers are conducting a search of the residence and are leading the capital murder investigation. No additional information is available at this time.
UPDATE: Marcus Wade Madison is in custody, facing capital murder charges after a 17-hour standoff in Big Lake. Madison is accused of killing Reagan County Deputy Josh Mitchell.
The picture of Madison is a previous book-in photo from the Brown County Sheriff's Office.
Mitchell's body has been transported to Lubbock for autopsy. Reagan County Sheriff Jeff Garner says DPS and the Texas Rangers are now in charge of the crime scene and are the lead agencies on the investigation.
Sheriff Garner described Mitchell,26, as being a "fine young man and an excellent officer," saying Mitchell would do anything in the world for anybody. Sheriff Garner said Mitchell is not the kind of officer that can just be replaced.
The Sheriff had known Mitchell his whole life. Mitchell started with the Regan County Sheriff's Office when he was 18. Sheriff Garner said Mitchell began in the jail, but worked his way up in the office, going to academy at night.
Sheriff Garner says Deputy Mitchell was not trying to serve a warrant to Madison, 43, Wednesday evening. Garner said Madison was not a wanted man at that time. Sheriff Garner declined to go into detail, but simply said Deputy Mitchell was trying to talk to Madison about an "incident" - saying it was "nothing necessarily criminal," but more of a personal complaint from a neighbor.
Garner said Mitchell had been trying to make contact with Madison for about an hour, before the shots were fire, but it's unclear the exact events leading up the shooting. The sheriff says Mitchell was working alone, explaining the other officer on duty at the time was finishing up at the county jail, and was headed to assist Mitchell when the shooting happened. It's unclear if Mitchell had a bullet-proof vest on or not. The sheriff said he strongly encourages all officer to wear the protective gear, but it's "not necessarily policy."
Sheriff Garner described Madison as a life-long Big Lake resident. The sheriff said Madison had run-ins with the law in the past, added the Reagan County office hadn't had any criminal dealings with Madison in "quite a while."
Madison had several long range riffles with him, Sheriff Garner said, when he barricaded himself in the Big Lake home Wednesday night. As of Thursday evening, authorities report removing 11 firearms
The sheriff said initially Madison's father was inside the house when the standoff started, explained the father came out on his own. The sheriff said the father had been helpful and was not being detained.
DPS and SWAT eventually entered the home through the back late Thursday morning, the sheriff said. Sheriff Garner said Madison was found hiding in a back bedroom in a closet. Authorities convinced Madison to come out on his own, the sheriff said, adding Madison was not armed when he walked out through the front of the home.
Madison is now in DPS custody. Madison has wounds to his face, but the sheriff was unsure how Madison was injured. Sheriff Garner said Madison was being taken to a San Angelo hospital for treatment.
Sheriff Garner made it a point to thank all the law enforcement agencies that assisted during the standoff. The sheriff said deputies from at least 10 surrounding counties were called in as back up. SWAT teams from Midland and Lubbock also helped out.
UPDATE: Marcus "Mark" Madison, the accused shooter, has been transported by AirMed-1 helicopter to Shannon Hospital is San Angelo, according to The Big Lake Wildcat.
The Big Lake Wildcat reports, Madison shot himself in the head with a "high-powered rifle or shotgun." His injuries are said to be extensive.
Big 2 is working to confirm this with Shannon Hospital. Officials we've spoken to, will only say, "I can not release any information about that patient."
Family friends tell Big 2, A bank account has been set up to for Mitchell's widow.
The Officer Down Memorial page is also paying tribute to Josh Mitchell. Family friends tell Big 2, Mitchell turned 26 on July 22nd.
UPDATE: SWAT officers entered through the back door of the residence of the father of Marcus Madison located at 1109 N. Main. Marcus's father was initially in the home with him, but later came out and helped police by giving them a layout of the home. They found Madison in a closet. He came out and was transported to San Angelo with wounds to the face.
Josh Mitchell, who had been with the Sheriff's Department since he was 18, had gone alone to the residence yesterday to peacefully speak with Marcus Madison about an incident earlier in the day.
The Brownwood Bulletin is reporting - "Madison was arrested in Brownwood for obstruction or retaliation, assault with injury (family violence) and resisting arrest during the first week of July."
The standoff reportedly lasted from about 17 hours, from 6pm Wednesday to about 11:30am on Thursday.
UPDATE: Our crew on scene says an officer on scene yelled - "We got him"!
UPDATE: Crew on scene says she hears sirens and popping noises from the direction of the home of where the alleged gunman has barricaded himself.
UPDATE: DPS sending us the following press release on the Big Lake standoff:
The suspect is still barricaded in a residence in Big Lake, Texas. Law enforcement officials from around the area are assisting and supporting the Reagan County Sheriff's Office. The Texas Rangers are on scene and negotiations are ongoing
RECAP: At just after 6:00 P.M. Wednesday evening August 1st, law enforcement officers were attempting to contact a suspect in Big Lake, Reagan County, Texas. The person was located near the 1100 block of Main Street in Big Lake. A law enforcement office was shot. The suspect barricaded himself in a residence in Big Lake, Texas near that same location. Several area houses were evacuated as a safety precaution.
Big Lake is located between Midland and Ozona, Texas.
UPDATE: Our crew on scene says the Midland assault vehicle has pulled back from the home the alleged gunman has barricaded himself in, but Lubbock tactical team is still in position close to the home.
UPDATE: Our crew on scene says they could hear sirens and what sounded like tear gas canisters shooting off as units approached the home the alleged gunman barricaded himself in.
UPDATE: Our crew on scene says units have moved in on the home the alleged gunman has barricaded himself in.
UPDATE: Law enforcement has shut off all power and gas to the home the alleged gunman has barricaded himself in. It's possible he has multiple weapons inside.
BIG LAKE -- A Reagan County Sheriff's deputy is shot and dies from gunshot wounds. Accused shooter has barricaded himself in a Big Lake home and is in an active stand off with authorities.
According to The Ozona Stockman and The Big Lake Wildcat, a gunman shot deputy Josh Mitchell in Big Lake Wednesday afternoon
Mitchell was rushed to a Reagan County Memorial Hospital after the shooting, but he didn't survive.
The Ozona Stockman and The Big Lake Wildcat report that the accused shooter barricaded himself with several weapons in a home at 12th Street and Main Street in Big Lake.
Big Lake residents were urged to avoid the area Wednesday night.
The First Baptist Church in Big Lake also their doors for those displaced by the shooting and standoff Wednesday night and those looking to come together in prayer during their time of mourning.
Upton County Sheriff's deputies and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers tell Big 2 they were called to the scene for backup after the shooting. And DPS adds they also launched a helicopter to circle the scene.
The Irion County Sheriff's Office reports that sheriff's deputies from Reagan County, Irion County, Sterling County and Reagan County along with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials were also called into the to the scene.
Midland Police tell Big 2, they sent a SWAT team and negotiator to the scene Wednesday evening.
The Big Lake Wildcat reported that the suspect's home remained surrounded by law enforcement, as of 11:45 PM Wednesday
Reagan County officials were not releasing any details on the shooting Wednesday evening. Authorities with the Reagan County Sheriff's Office only said they are working an "incident."