Odessa Police Department lost two of their finest Saturday night, Odessa Cpl. Arlie Jones, 48, and Cpl. John “Scott” Gardner, after they responded to a domestic disturbance. Another young officer, Cpl. Abel Marquez, was part of the team called in for backup. He was wounded and is now in a Lubbock hospital fighting for his life. Read the MSN report here.
I am part of the Halliburton and ConocoPhillips Bad Boy Blast committee that hosts a yearly shoot to benefit our local Midland and Odessa Law Enforcement entities. We work hand in hand on this shoot with these guys and gals in Midland and Odessa who serve and protect us. We have come to know them all as friends. Both OPD and MPD were called in to help in this standoff. I know that many hearts are broken in our law enforcement community today.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of Cpl. Jones and Cpl. Gardner, and to Cpl. Marquez, hospitalized in Lubbock. Our prayers are also with all the coworkers, both Odessa and Midland Police Departments, that worked with these men and know them as family and friends.
I ask that you please keep everyone concerned in your prayers. I also ask you remember the leadership of both OPD and MPD as they navigate through these uncharted waters.