West Texas officer wounded, suspect killed in shooting

West Texas officer wounded, suspect killed in shooting

SNYDER, TX (KCBD) - Snyder police say Corporal Darrell Campbell was shot in the head while responding to a call of "shots fired" overnight.

Snyder police say at 12:25 Tuesday morning Campbell and Officer Lee Ortiz responded to the 700 block of 26th street after a report of "shots fired."  Police say as the two officers were talking to a man, he pulled a gun and shot Campbell.  Officer Ortiz then returned fire, killing the man.

The suspect's name has not been released, however police say he had a criminal history and was known to police.

Just before 2:00 AM Tuesday, the officer was airlifted to University Medical Center.  Just after 9:00 AM, Snyder police said Campbell was out of surgery and in critical condition in the UMC Intensive Care Unit.

The Snyder Police Chief is in Lubbock at UMC to support Cpl Campbell and his family.  Meanwhile other law enforcement agencies are offering to help Snyder.

"We've had offers from other departments to come in help us," with patrols or responding to calls for police assistance in Snyder.

Campbell has served with Snyder Police for more than a year.

DPS confirms that Texas Rangers are helping in the investigation.

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