Spectators Cause Headaches For Officials During Standoff in Odessa
by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - A six hour standoff in Odessa caused a lot of commotion and street closures. On Monday, police were on the scene for several hours and the suspect later shot himself.

During the standoff, a number of spectators crowded the scene and police say some of them even crossed the line. In the end, they could've been hurt.

"When we cone off areas and we ask people to stay away, that is a safety issue," Sherrie Carruth with the Odessa Police Department, said.

Monday's standoff in Odessa brought several curious bystanders into the area wanting to get a closer look at what was happening. Police say some people were getting too close to the danger zone.

"The frustration comes in when people are trying to go around us, when people are trying to go to scenes that we have coned off. Like we had one that was just right there in the line of fire," Carruth said.

Police tell NewsWest 9 that these perimeters are set up for a reason, to keep their men and the public safe.

"We have an inner perimeter and what we call an outer perimeter. The inner perimeter is where our SWAT team and the special units are concentrated on.  Whatever the threat on the inside may be then you have the outer perimeter which deals with the traffic vehicles or pedestrians trying to keep that area from being congested or having people from trying to come into our crime scene," Carruth said.

Odessa Police said that lately they are seeing more people trying to invade crime scenes.

"What we are noticing more and more now is the need for people to want to try and use their cell phones and get as close as they can. It becomes very annoying and it becomes very dangerous," Carruth said.

Neighbors in the area who were forced to evacuate were also frustrated with the large crowd.

"It was frustrating to me. If you don't have to be there, don't. Just for your own safety and your children's safety," Resident, Brandy Klimbe, said.

The police department says they would give people one warning if they are found where they are not suppose to be. The second time they will be arrested and face charges of disregarding and lawful order of a police officer.