Muleshoe shooting suspect remains in hospital

Sgt. Steve Bartley was shot twice Friday night when he reported to a domestic violence call in Muleshoe. He was treated and released from University Medical Center in Lubbock on Saturday.

CNJ staff

A Muleshoe man involved in a shooting incident Friday with a Muleshoe police officer is still in the hospital, according to a Texas Department of Safety spokesman.

Cpl. John Gonzales of the DPS’ Lubbock office said Monday afternoon the DPS department has taken over the investigation into the incident that led to an exchange of gunfire between Juan Mendoza Quezada, 44, and Muleshoe Sgt. Steve Bartley, 35.

Muleshoe Police Chief Brian Frieda on Monday directed questions to Gonzales.

According to a release Saturday from Frieda:

• Bartley, who has been an MPD officer for 20 months and has spent 13 years in law enforcement, responded to a domestic violence call at 416 E. Fifth St. about 11:30 p.m. He was shot once in the hip and once in the chest, while Quezada was struck several times.

• Both were airlifted to Lubbock hospitals. Bartley, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, was released Saturday from University Medical Center. Quezada remains in Covenant Medical Center in critical but stable condition.

Gonzales declined to answer questions on charges being filed in the case. Gonzales said he expected to release more information Tuesday morning.

Residents at 416 E. Fifth St. declined interview requests on Saturday, and residents at adjacent homes said they did not know any of the details.

Frieda was not aware of the department’s last officer-involved shooting, if one existed.