Three deputies shot while serving warrant; one suspect dead, another in custody

ECTOR COUNTY -- An officer-involved shooting in North Odessa on Monday night left one suspect dead and sent three deputies to the hospital.

Ector County Sheriff's deputies Joshua Pool, Ricardo Ramirez and Cody Smith were injured in Monday night's shooting.

According to the Ector County Sheriff's Office, seven of their deputies were serving a narcotics search warrant at a home on Kentucky Avenue near Schlemeyer Field when a suspect inside opened fire.

Three deputies were shot but were able to return fire and kill the suspect, who has not been identified at this time.

One neighbor tells CBS7 he heard at least 50 gunshots.

"At first I thought it was fireworks, because you were hearing a lot. And then I heard shotguns and automatic fire returned," said Robert Ciccone.

A second suspect was taken into custody at the scene to be questioned by law enforcement. They are now being charged with failure to identify and could be facing additional charges.

Two of the deputies were shot in the leg and the third deputy's mouth was grazed by a bullet. All three were rushed to Medical Center Hospital and were released early Tuesday morning.

The three deputies have been identified as Josh Pool of the Special Investigative Unit, Cody Smith, CID Investigator, and Ricky Rodriguez, Reserve Officer.

The scene around the home remained active for several hours overnight as authorities searched for a possible third suspect. It was eventually determined no other suspects were involved.

The Odessa Police Department, DPS, UTPB Police and other agencies all assisted the Ector County Sheriff's Office with working the scene following the shooting.

"The good Lord looked down after us tonight, it could have been way worse," said Sheriff Mike Griffis.

The Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting.