Two Texas deputies were murdered in the line of duty Monday night. The latest update notes the suspect is in custody and the bodies of the slain lawmen were escorted in respectful honor by fellow officers to the coroners office for exam. Governor Abbot joins the majority of Texas to express sorrow for the loss.
Two deputies ambushed
The names of the two murdered Concho County deputies have not yet been released publicly but the circumstances of what happened were released.
Sketchy details first reported that after a chase the gunman had barricaded himself in a building. Now we know there was more to it than that, and the officers never saw it coming.
The latest official update reports that it all started with a dog complaint call. Texas Rangers relate that “Concho County deputies arrived at a home on the 100 block of Bryan Street in Eden, Texas, to respond to a complaint about a dog around 8:30 p.m. Monday. When they rang the doorbell. They were accompanied by “an Eden city employee.”
Jeffrey Nicholas, age 28, “was contacted and an altercation broke out.” He then led the lawmen “on a short foot pursuit” before “barricaded himself in a building.” That’s when he started shooting. “A standoff resulted in gunfire being exchanged.”
In the heated gun-battle, both deputies were killed and the Eden city employee was critically wounded but the suspect was still apprehended.
He now faces two counts of capital murder of a police officer. He’s reportedly “being held on a $4 million bond — $2 million for each count.”
Escort to forensic lab
The incident happened in the town of Eden, Texas, which lies about 200 miles southwest of Fort Worth.
When the Lubbock Police Department heard of the tragedy they declared how “heartbroken” they are to learn of the deaths” and promised an honor guard escort of officers accompany the fallen deputies to the forensics lab.
Governor Abbot noted on Twitter, “our hearts go out” to the loved ones. “This terrible loss is a solemn reminder of the risks our brave law enforcement officers face while protecting our communities.” Prayers and condolences for the ambushed officers continue to pour in.
Frisco Police Tweeted condolences. “Please join us this morning in lifting up in prayer our Brothers and Sisters with the Concho County Sheriff’s Office. Two of their deputies were killed in a shootout late Monday night in Eden. We will never forget their sacrifice.”
Pearland Police posted that they are “saddened to have learned of the two Concho County Deputies who were shot and killed in the line of duty late Monday night. Please keep their families and friends and the brave men and women of the Concho County Sheriff’s Office in your prayers.”