Community, Family Members Share Mixed Reactions Over Shooting in West Odessa

Josh Navarro
NewsWest 9

ODESSA- The Texas Rangers are investigating after an armed man was shot and killed during a confrontation with the Ector County Sheriff and a deputy in West Odessa. The Texas Rangers said 66-year-old Marvin Donald Wilkerson was shot by Ector County Deputy Johnny Valderaz on Wednesday night.

NewsWest 9 tried to speak to his brother, however, his emotions were running high.

Authorities arrived at 4000 Uranus Avenue on Halloween night after getting a frightening call stating a man was waving a silver gun and threatening people.

Pastor Mark McDonald of the Tabernacle Baptist Church was holding service and heard the commotion.

"7:30 or so we heard sirens, and heard several police cars, I guess they did go by the building but we didn't stop service," Pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church, Mark McDonald, said.

Ector County Sheriff Mark Donaldson and Valderaz first arrived on scene. They confronted Wilkerson and they say he had a gun in his waistband. Wilkerson then pulled it out and that's when Deputy Valderaz shot Wilkerson, he then died at Medical Center Hospital.

Crime tape was still on the house where it all went down and NewsWest 9 tried to learn more on what exactly happened from Wilkerson's brother.

"My brother was shot here last night, don't go there. I'm not going to say, get off this property," Wilkerson's brother, said.

In the video from the scene, you see a Sheriff's deputy holding a gun inside a paper bag, it's not clear whose gun that belongs to.

For Pastor McDonald, he says he hopes this type of incident never happens again.

"We don't like that it happened in our community but we can either live a defeated life or we can go ahead and live a life, have some happiness and peace about it. This is the first time something like this has happened in our area that I'm aware of, so it's sort of an isolated event and we'll pray that it doesn't happen again," McDonald said.

The Texas Rangers are investigating this case and it's routine when there's officer involved shooting. The Sheriff's Office said Deputy Valderaz has been on the force for over a year and is a patrol officer. He's not on administrative leave and will report back to work on Monday.