Man Accused In Deadly Texas Standoff Faces Federal Charge


(AP) — Federal prosecutors say a man charged in the fatal shooting of a SWAT officer in a small West Texas city during a standoff last week has been charged with a federal crime. Omar Soto-Chavira was charged Friday with assaulting a federal officer who responded to the scene.

Prosecutors say the 22-year-old defendant repeatedly opened fire on law enforcement during the almost 11-hour July 15 standoff at a house in Levelland, west of Lubbock. Soto-Chavira was already charged in state court this week with capital murder in the death of Lubbock County sheriff’s Sgt. Josh Bartlett.

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