This is part of my ongoing series Officer Down – in honour of police officers slain in the line of duty.
On July 15, 2021, Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Josh Bartlett was murdered during an hours-long SWAT standoff that also left three others injured.
The Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the loss of one of our own, tonight, SWAT Commander Sergeant Josh Bartlett.
The Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team responded to the 1100 block of 10th Street in Levelland at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, July 15th to assist the Levelland Police Department for reports of a barricaded subject with reports of shots fired.
Shortly after arrival, gunfire was exchanged and Sgt. Bartlett was shot. Sgt. Bartlett was transported to Covenant Medical Center in Levelland with life-threatening injuries where he was later pronounced deceased.
The Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office continues to work with The Levelland Police Department, The Texas Department of Public Safety, The Lubbock Police Department, Hockley County Sheriff’s Office, ATF, Homeland Security, FBI, and US Marshal’s office to find a resolution to the current situation.
We appreciate the public’s support during this difficult time and ask for continued prayers for his family, both blood and blue.
Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope released this statement:
“Denise and I join the City of Lubbock and all Lubbock citizens mourning the tragic and senseless death of Commander Sgt. Josh Bartlett.
The Lubbock Police Department SWAT Team and negotiators remain engaged with local and state authorities in the ongoing situation in Levelland.
This senseless killing serves as a stark reminder of the danger our first responders face everyday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bartlett family and the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Department family.”
Sgt. Joshua Bartlett was a 9 year veteran of the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office and was the Assistant Commander of the SWAT team.
In addition to his law enforcement service, Sgt. Bartlett was also a U.S. Army combat wounded veteran who served two tours in Iraq as an Infantryman with the 10th Mountain Division.
- Purple Heart,
- Army Commendation Medal,
- Army Good Conduct Medal,
- National Defense Service Medal,
- Global War on Terrorism Service Medal,
- Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal,
- Iraq Campaign Medal,
- Army Service Ribbon,
- Overseas Service Ribbon, and
- Combat Infantryman Badge.
Sgt. Bartlett is survived by his beautiful wife of 18 years, Rebecca, and their three sons.
The family just celebrated his youngest son’s teenage birthday two days before he was murdered.
If you are able, please donate generously to the memorial GoFundMe page for Sgt. Bartlett’s family: