Sergeant Joshua Blake Bartlett

Sergeant Joshua Blake Bartlett

Lubbock County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, July 15, 2021

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Joshua Blake Bartlett

Sergeant Josh Bartlett was shot and killed during a barricade at a home in the 1100 block of 10th Street in Levelland.

Earlier in the morning, the subject had been stopped by a Texas Highway Patrol trooper for reckless driving and attempted to bait the officer into a confrontation. The subject returned home after the encounter and began walking around the neighborhood with a firearm at about 1:15 pm. When officers with the Levelland Police Department arrived, the man opened fire on him and then barricaded himself inside. The regional SWAT team was requested as the man randomly fired shots from the home.

Sergeant Bartlett and three other members of the SWAT team were shot as they engaged the subject. Sergeant Bartlett was transported to Covenant Medical Center in Levelland, where he succumbed to his wounds. Several other team members were wounded, one critically.

The subject was taken into custody at about 11:30 pm.

Sergeant Bartlett was a U. S. Army veteran and served with the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office for over eight years. He is survived by his wife, four sons, parents, and a brother.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 8 years, 8 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender In custody

swat, barricade

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I went through the academy with Josh Bartlett. Amazing guy who was also a great leader. He was always friendly. Had a great sense of humor and funny guy. We stayed in touch we he was a reservist in Ralls and I was a reservist in Lorenzo back 2012. After what I heard what happened I was angry and upset. It shouldn’t have happened to someone like him. Rest in Peace my friend and condolences to your family.

Officer Mckintosh Arguello
Kermit Police Department

December 12, 2023

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