Man caught after threatening to kill Odessa police officer

Man caught after threatening to kill Odessa police officer

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - An Odessa man has been wanted for over a month for threatening to kill an Odessa Police Officer. Now, he has been caught. The officer was called because a vehicle had been damaged. He was talking to the victims when they got a call from someone they knew who threatened to kill the officer. The suspect went on to describe the officer's appearance, making it seem as though he was watching them from an unknown location.

"The suspect further described what Officer Campbell looked like and so it was obviously something that he took very seriously because he knew that he was being watched," said Cpl. Steve LeSueur with the Odessa Police Department.

It happened in the 5000 block of East University in Odessa.

"While Officer Campbell was on scene completing the report, the two complainants advised Campbell that the possible suspect had called him," said LeSueur.

24-year-old Herbey David Garcia made that call to the victims. They told the officer that they personally knew Garcia and believed he was the person that ruffed up their car. For that reason, the officer also got on the phone with Garcia.

"The complainants further advised that the suspect had made threats that he was going to come and shoot the officer," said LeSueur.

During the recorded conversation, Garcia described what the officer looked like as he threatened to shoot and kill the officer. Authorities believed that Garcia was watching the officer somewhere nearby. More officers where called to the scene but they couldn't find Garcia. More than a month later, they finally tracked him down and he was arrested Monday afternoon. Garcia is now facing charges for making terroristic threats to an officer.

"Especially with what's happening right now, we're not messing around. We're not taking it lightly; like we will take action and we will prosecute if threats are made," said LeSueur.

Garcia is still behind bars but until he appears in court, it's unknown how much jail time he is facing.