By Wyatt Goolsby
ODESSA - West Texans are still trying to come to terms with a shooting that's left a Reeves County Deputy hospitalized. After a standoff in Pecos Wednesday morning, Deputy Jerry Millan has received support from dozens of co-workers and law enforcement from across the Basin. In fact, one Odessa group scrambled to help the Deputy's family and fellow officers after the shooting.
As for Jerry Millan himself, Hospital officials listed him in good condition Thursday. Even though a law enforcement shooting doesn't happen very often in West Texas, one group told NewsWest 9, they're always ready just in case it ever does.
"It doesn't matter who it is," Yolanda Rincon, Co-Founder of Supporting Spouses Of Law Enforcement Officers, said. "I mean whether they are in this city or they are in another city, these small communities may not have this, so we may want to be able to help them."
It's no secret Reeves County has the support of many officers and departments across West Texas. The numerous law enforcement who showed up to help after Jerry Millan was shot is the proof. However, in a single room at Medical Center Hospital is another sign of support. Drinks, snacks, and sandwiches set up for Millan's family and for officers traveling to Odessa.
"Our guys were going to Pecos to help out, so we knew at that time that they were bringing the officer to Medical Center," Rincon explained. "So, we decided to get together, some of the wives either brought food, made food, and or gave money."
Rincon said their non-profit group does whatever they can for officers, big or small. Rincon said they first started in the fall of 2007, after three Odessa officers were shot and killed responding to a domestic dispute. She said some of the same feelings came right back when she heard about the shooting in Pecos.
"It was instant. I mean, I'm thinking ok, how many people? What's going on? What's his condition? Immediately I thought, he is married? Does he have children? You know, we want to help them out," Rincon said.
Just like Odessa officials received support from Lubbock, Rincon said it's time Reeves County knows help is here in the Basin if they need it.
"We want to provide that to anybody that happens to," Rincon said. "We don't want it to ever happen, but if it happens we want to be there to help them."
Members of the group said they're always looking for new members who want to join, or who are willing to provide time or donations.