Former Roscoe police officer Darrell Campbell is in critical condition at University Medical Center in Lubbock after being shot in the head in Snyder about 12:30 early Tuesday morning.
He and fellow officer Lee Ortiz responded to a call of a domestic dispute in the 700 block of 26th Street and were talking to witnesses when a man produced a weapon and shot Campbell. Ortiz and the man then exchanged shots, and the man was killed. His name has not yet been disclosed, but he is reported to have a long criminal history.
Darrell Campbell was a police officer for the City of Roscoe in the 1990’s. After leaving Roscoe, he went on to work in Mitchell County before being hired by the Snyder Police Department.
ROSCOE FIRE DEPARTMENT HELPS FIGHT FIRES NEAR LAKE SWEETWATER
The Roscoe Fire Department has joined firefighting crews from Maryneal, Nolan, Lake Sweetwater, and Sweetwater to battle several blazes that broke out on Monday afternoon between Lake Sweetwater and Sweetwater. Texas Forestry Service helicopters and airplanes flying from Abilene also fought the fires.
Around 4000 acres have burned, and at one point on Monday afternoon several homes and businesses south of I-20 in Sweetwater were evacuated as the fire came close enough to threaten the city before being contained. Interstate 20 was also closed for a short time because of reduced visibility from smoke, and the area around the Walmart was closed from the east.
At last report the fires are over 40% contained but still burning. Other fires burned in Howard and Scurry Counties this week. It goes without saying that the area needs rain in the worst kind of way.
CITY COUNCIL TENTATIVELY APPROVES A GAME ROOM FOR ROSCOE
At last night’s meeting, the Roscoe City Council tentatively approved Ollie Monroe's request for the operation of a game room located in the old Doc Daily office at the corner of Main and Broadway.
City Attorney Zollie Steakley will draw up a contract in which the city receives a 5% cut of the gross revenue, and pending approval of the contract by both parties, the game room will begin operation.
UNPAVED PORTIONS OF 3RD, 4TH, 5TH, AND 6TH STREETS TO BE PAVED
The City Council also gave City Manager Cody Thompson the go-ahead to seal coat approximately a mile of city streets, namely the unpaved portions of 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Streets. The operation is scheduled to begin later this month or early next month and will cost the city approximately $12,000-$15,000.
DON GRAHAM RECEIVES APPRECIATION AWARD FROM CITY
At last night’s City Council meeting, Mayor Pete Porter presented former City Council member Don Graham with a plaque of appreciation recognizing his decade of service on the Council and to the City of Roscoe.