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An officer who was part of a SWAT team dealing with a potential gunman has been shot dead after a stand off with the shooter.
The shooter is understood to have also shot and injured three other officers in the incident.
Police were called to the emergency in Levelland, Texas at 1.12pm on Thursday after reports of an armed individual.
When officers arrived the incident escalated and the suspect barricaded himself inside a property.
According to the Justice of the Peace and Constables Association of Texas the SWAT team leader Sgt. Josh Bartlett was killed.
Sgt. Bartlett was the SWAT team leader with Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office.
Two of the other injured officers are deputies and are believed to be in a critical condition in hospital.
One is believed to be a Hockley County Sheriff’s Office deputy and the other is a Levelland police officer.
Covenant Hospital, which is located nearby released this statement: "We are aware of an incident that occurred near Covenant Health Levelland earlier this afternoon.
As a precaution, we locked down the hospital to ensure the safety of our patients, caregivers, and visitors. We will remain under lockdown until any threat is clear. We have deployed Covenant security officers to the Levelland hospital as an additional security measure.
"We are supporting our community and law enforcement officers in Levelland and are keeping the Levelland community and the injured officers in our prayers."
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