Former SPD officer shot in head

July 12, 2011

Darrell Campbell is shown in a Hometown Heroes file photo taken when he was a patrolman for the Sweetwater Police Department.

On Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at about 12:25 a.m. officers with the Snyder Police Department were dispatched to the 700 block of 26th Street in reference to a call of shots fired in the area. Cpl. Darrell Campbell and Officer Lee Ortiz responded to the area where they made contact with several individuals in a front yard of 700 26th Street. While speaking with the subjects a male who was at the residence who has not been identified produced a weapon and shot Cpl. Campbell then confronted Officer Ortiz. Officer Ortiz and the male were involved in a shooting and the male was killed at the scene. Cpl. Campbell was flown to UMC in Lubbock where he underwent surgery for a gunshot wound to the head. As of this morning Cpl. Campbell is in the UMC ICU unit in critical condition. According to Sweetwater Chief of Police Jim Kelley, Campbell is out of surgery and despite being in critical condition, is said to be doing well and “has been verbalizing.”
Cpl. Darrell Campbell is 41 years old and has been with the Snyder Police Department since Sept. 1, 2009. Before being an officer at the Snyder Police Department, Campbell was an officer with the Sweetwater Police Department for about five years.
Officer Lee Ortiz is 37 years old and has been with the Snyder Police Department since Oct. 23, 2003.
The case is currently being investigated by the Texas Rangers and the Snyder Police Department.

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