By: Cierra Putman
WEST ODESSA - Victor White allegedly kept authorities at bay for 22 hours after gunning down two sheriff's deputies and a civilian this past weekend.
In the end, the suspect in the West Odessa stand-off made it out alive. It's raised the question why didn't the Ector County Sheriff's Office shoot to kill?
Police tape and cones is all that's blocking Victor White's compound now. The place where he allegedly held off more than 150 law enforcement officers for hours.
After NewsWest 9's interview with Ector County Sheriff Mark Donaldson it sounds like luck might have been on White's side.
"Most of the shots where either coming from helicopters or armored vehicles that have small portals to shoot from," Donaldson said. "We just couldn't get a clear shot of him. Of course he was hiding obviously and it just didn't happen."
Donaldson says his department and the more than 25 agencies assisting with the stand-off were using deadly force.
"He was firing at our officers and every officer that was out there," he said. "In some cases there were innocent civilians around that were in danger."