Two Concho County sheriff's deputies killed during shootout Monday in Eden
EDEN — Two Concho County sheriff's deputies were killed in a shootout in Eden on Monday night, according to police reports.
At approximately 8:40 p.m., the deputies were dispatched to the 100 block of Bryan Street for a dog complaint. An Eden city employee also arrived at the house.
While making contact with an individual at the residence, an altercation occurred which quickly escalated to gunfire, according to Sergeant Justin Baker with the Texas Highway Patrol.
As a result, the two deputies, Samuel Leonard and Stephen Jones, were fatally wounded, while the city employee was critically wounded.
The investigation is ongoing and a more detailed statement will be released in the near future, Baker said.
The suspect has been identified as Jeffrey Nicholas, 28, who was booked in Tom Green County Jail for capital murder of a police officer. His bond has been set at $4 million.
Eden mayor Pete Torres, who lives near the suspect's home, helped convince him to surrender after a standoff that lasted about 30 minutes, according to KTXS-TV in Abilene.
The officers' deaths occurred during National Police Week, which serves as a way to remember those lost or injured in the line of duty and to recognize the sacrifices made by those who choose law enforcement as an occupation.
A law enforcement procession passed through Lubbock on Tuesday morning toward South Plains Forensic Pathology, where an autopsy of the bodies is scheduled to take place.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott reacted to the news of the deputy's deaths on Twitter by collectively saying "our hearts go out to family & friends" of those who knew the two deputies.
He said the events were "a solemn reminder of the risks our brave law enforcement officers face while protecting our communities."
On the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. for Texas' 11th Congressional District August Pfluger called for the deputies and all members of law enforcement to be honored.
"It's time that we stand up and honor them and thank them for what they do," Pfluger said. "As a country, I request that we all keep law enforcement officers in our hearts, our thoughts, and our prayers and we thank them for what they do."
Funeral services for Leonard will be Monday, May 17, at the First Baptist Church in Lamesa. Funeral services are pending for Jones.
This is a developing story. Updates will be posted as information becomes available.