Investigation Launched into Fight Involving OPD Recruit, Ector Co. Jailer

Investigation Launched into Fight Involving OPD Recruit, Ector Co. Jailer

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - An Odessa police recruit and an Ector County jailer are under investigation. It's all stems from a fight over the weekend.

Just before 1 a.m. Sunday morning, Odessa Police were called out to a house in the 4200 block of Wayside.

Police said a man told them there had been a disagreement that led to a scuffle.

"An individual had reported to officers that he had been restrained and also had a firearm pointed at him," Cpl. Steve LeSueur, with the Odessa Police Department, said. "There was an OPD recruit that was present and an Ector County Sheriff's Office jailer."

The man told police he was put in handcuffs but Ector County Sheriff Mark Donaldson told NewsWest 9 there's a reason behind that.

He said the man was allegedly extremely intoxicated and people were trying to keep him from getting behind the wheel.

Donaldson also said witnesses told investigators on the scene they never saw any weapon drawn. Odessa Police said no one was arrested and no charges have been filed.

"This did not involve any officers and no officers are under scrutiny," LeSueur said.

OPD said they want to make it clear to the public that they're looking into these allegations.

"So far this year there's been three OPD employees that have been accused of engaging in criminal activity, not six. There's been three," LeSueur said.

If any crime was committed, the case will be handed over to the Texas Rangers.