Homeowner Takes To Social Media to Alert Authorities About Shooter

Homeowner Takes To Social Media to Alert Authorities About Shooter

by Justin Kree

NewsWest 9

ODESSA - A terrifying ordeal for one Odessa woman.  A man suspected of shooting an Odessa police officer ran into her home.


"My only source was Facebook that I have. So I was blowing everybody up to see who would help me out," the neighbor said.

Her quick actions allowed the SWAT team to come in and take 18-year-old Nathaniel Olivas into custody.

It all started late Monday night around 10:30 p.m. Odessa Police were called out to Rabb Court and New Orleans Street because of a suspicious vehicle. Once there, the suspects sped off and eventually stopped the car at 52nd Street and Constitution Avenue.

Officer Anthony Rossman started chasing Olivas down an alley on foot and that's when police say Olivas turned around and shot the officer.

"Of course it scared me because this is a quiet neighborhood," Neighbor, J-Lynn Collins, said.

Police even found the gun, which was located in J-Lynn Collins front yard.

After shooting Officer Rossman, Olivas ran into a home on Redbud Avenue. He was looking to hide from police. The neighbor who lives at the home knew something was wrong. With no cell phone, she took to social media to notify friends who called police for her.

"When the cops got here, they went around the house. I flashed my tablet out my bathroom window saying, 'hey, I'm in here,'" the neighbor said.

SWAT came in and got Olivas out of the house.

"They came in and got the guy. I never even seen what he looked like," the neighbor said.

Olivas will be charged with attempted capital murder, burglary of a habitation and other charges. The driver of the car, 17-year-old Judith Rivera was caught at her home a short time later.  She will also be charged with attempted capital murder and evading.

"We hear that they are teenagers and it's sad that their whole life just changed in a matter of minutes," Collins said.