Ward County Fugitive Dead After Odessa Gas Station Shooting, Two DPS Troopers Injured

Ward County Fugitive Dead After Odessa Gas Station Shooting, Two DPS Troopers Injured

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - Two Texas Department of Public Safety troopers were shot Tuesday afternoon at an Andrews Highway gas station while searching for an armed fugitive from Ward County, officials said.

Four DPS officers were assisting Texas Rangers and the Ward County Sheriff's Office in locating the aggravated assault suspect.

The fugitive was pronounced dead following the shooting at Phillips 66, according to a DPS press release

Officials declined to name any parties involved.

A woman who identified herself as Tina Leclear said her son, 24-year-old Roger Shull Jr. of Monahans, was the suspect in the gas station shooting.

"I was coming here [to Odessa] to meet him for lunch," she told NewsWest 9 at Medical Center Hospital. "Come to find out, he shot two officers."

Officials caught up with him at the Phillips 66 convenience store at 42nd Street and Andrews Highway, according to DPS Trooper Elena Viramontes.

"There was an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and DPS personnel," she said.

Investigators could not confirm who opened fire first.

One Highway Patrol sergeant was shot in the leg and chest, despite wearing body armor, officials said. A second sergeant was struck in the arm.

Both were treated at Medical Center Hospital and were in stable condition within hours of the incident, according to DPS.

Officials have not released their names, but fellow state troopers were open about their emotions.

"When it's one of our brothers or sisters down, it's always emotional," Viramontes told NewsWest 9.

The pain was felt statewide. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued a statement Tuesday afternoon, urging Texans to honor the injured sergeants.

"Once again we are reminded of the dangerous job our law enforcement officers face every day in Texas," he said. "Please keep these two officers, their families and all men and women who serve us in your prayers."

Texas Rangers are leading the ongoing investigation.