Charges pending in Muleshoe shooting

CNJ staff

The Texas Department of Public Safety is releasing few details on a Friday officer-involved shooting in Muleshoe.

A release from Cpl. John Gonzales of the DPS’ Lubbock office said charges are still pending from an incident that led to an exchange of gunfire between Juan Mendoza Quezada, 44, and Muleshoe Sgt. Steve Bartley, 35.

According to a the Saturday release from Muleshoe Police Chief Brian Frieda and the DPS release Tuesday morning:

• 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.

Residents at the home have declined interview requests and residents at adjacent homes did not know details of the incident.

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