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. He is survived by his wife, four sons, parents and a brother.

Bio

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

Incident Details

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

barricade, swat

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Rest in Peace Sergeant Bartlett. May the Lord grant your family, friends and co-workers peace during this very difficult time. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Deputy Parole Administrator Howard Wykes
Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections

August 11, 2021

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