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Gunman Charged With Capital Murder In Shooting Of Two Texas Deputies Last Night

Eden, TX – The gunman accused of murdering two Concho County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputies during a standoff on Monday night has been arrested on capital murder charges.

Jeffrey Nicholas, 28, was charged with two counts of capital murder of a peace officer on Tuesday morning, Concho Valley Homepage reported.

Nicholas was booked into the Tom Green County Jail, where he is being held on $4 million bond.

The incident began after CCSO deputies responded to the 100-block of Bryan Street for a dog complaint at approximately 8:20 p.m. on May 10, Concho Valley Homepage reported.

Police have provided few details regarding the shooting since it unfolded on Monday night.

Witnesses told San Angelo LIVE that they saw police pull a vehicle over and that they heard officers tell the driver to “roll your window down and then put up your hands.”

Nicholas led police on a brief pursuit before bailing out of the vehicle and running into his nearby residence, Concho Valley Homepage reported.

He then barricaded himself inside.

Witnesses said they heard approximately 10 gunshots during the ordeal, San Angelo LIVE reported.

Two CCSO deputies were fatally wounded during the incident.

One civilian was injured during the exchange of gunfire and was subsequently rushed to Shannon Medical Center, Concho Valley Homepage reported.

The civilian suffered a gunshot wound to the stomach and is in unknown condition, according to the Daily Beast.

The wounded victim is a City of Eden employee, KTXS reported.

Nicholas ultimately surrendered after a 30-minute standoff and was taken into custody.

The law enforcement officers who were killed worked for the CCSO, but their identities have not been released, KLBK reported.

The fallen deputies’ bodies were escorted to Lubbock for autopsy by a procession of law enforcement officers on Tuesday morning.

“Our hearts go out to the family & friends of 2 Concho County Sheriff’s deputies who were killed in the line of duty last night,” Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a tweet on Tuesday morning.

“This terrible loss is a solemn reminder of the risks our brave law enforcement officers face while protecting our communities,” Abbott said.

The governor said he will do whatever is needed to support the Concho County community and to bring “the perpetrator of this heinous crime to justice,” Concho Valley Homepage reported.

“Cecilia and I ask our fellow Texans to join us in prayer for the families, friends, and colleagues of these brave Sheriff’s deputies,” Abbott said.

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Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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