EDEN, Texas (KETK) – Two West Texas deputies were killed late Monday night after a standoff and a man has been charged in their deaths.
Concho County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday afternoon said the deputies who were killed are Samuel Leonard and Sgt. Stephen Jones.
Funeral services for Leonard are set for Monday at the First Baptist Church in Lamesa. The funeral service for Jones is pending.
28-year-old Jeffrey Nicholas has been booked on two charges of capital murder. Under Texas law, the charge is automatically applied when a law enforcement officer is killed. An Eden city employee was also critically injured.
Nicholas was involved in a standoff at a building in Eden where he barricaded himself inside following a brief pursuit with law enforcement.
The identities of the officers and the additional victim have not been disclosed at this time. The DPS released the following statement about the shooting.
On May 10th at approximately 8:40 p.m., Concho County deputies were dispatched to the 100 block of Bryan Street for a dog complaint. Two deputies and an Eden city employee arrived on scene shortly after. While making contact with an individual at the residence, an altercation occurred which quickly escalated to gunfire. As a result, two Concho County Deputies were fatally wounded and the Eden City employee was critically wounded. The suspect was taken into custody. The Texas Rangers and more information will be released as it becomes available.DPS Statement
Officers in Lubbock held a small processional to honored the fallen officers.
Gov. Abbott called the shooting “senseless murder” and asked Texans to join him in “prayer for the families, friends, and colleagues.”
Nicholas is being held on two bonds that total $4 million. If convicted, he will either be sentenced to the death penalty or life in prison.
Several Texas law enforcement officers have suffered attacks in the line of duty over the past two months. DPS Trooper Chad Walker, who began his career in East Texas, died March 31 after being shot after pulling over to help a driver. The shooter was found dead a few days later from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Also in March, an Austin police officer was shot while a DPS officer was injured in Bryan while searching for a man who opened fire in his workplace.
In April, a Burleson police officer was shot multiple times during a traffic stop around 4:15 a.m.
This is a developing story. Check back for update.
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