Jeffrey Nicholas: Texas Man Accused of Murdering Concho County Deputies
Jeffrey Nicholas is the man accused of killing two Concho County Sheriff's Deputies and injuring an Eden City employee who responded to a dog complaint.
Jeffrey Nicholas is the man accused of killing two Concho County Sheriff’s Deputies and injuring an Eden City employee dispatched to speak with him about a dog complaint, according to a statement from the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The two deputies were accompanied by an Eden City employee when they arrived at Nicholas’ home at about 8:40 p.m. Monday, May 10. Officials said in a statement released Tuesday morning, May 11, that the situation quickly turned violent, saying “an altercation occurred which quickly escalated to gunfire.” The deputies were identified as Stephen Jones and Samuel Leonard. They were both married fathers with young children.
Neighbors told San Angelo Live they witnessed police telling Nicholas to get out of his vehicle before he fled and allegedly opened fire. The Eden City employee suffered critical injuries.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Nicholas Surrendered to the Eden City Mayor, a Neighbor, & Witnesses Recounted the Police Chase, Standoff & Shooting Scene to Local Reporters
Eden City Mayor Pete Torres was among the eyewitnesses to the deadly shooting and convinced Nicholas to surrender after about 30 minutes barricaded in his home, according to San Angelo Live. Torres lives around the corner from the crime scene, the news station reported.
Several witnesses recounted the scene to the news outlet. One witness said the deadly situation began when officers conducted a traffic stop on Nicholas near his home. A witness told the news station they heard police say “Roll your window down and then put up your hands.” The witness said the driver fled, running into his home nearby.
It didn’t take long for the incident to turn fatal. The witness told the news outlet they heard nine or 10 gunshots with “people shooting back and forth…”
Another witness reported hearing the suspect yelling “Those aren’t my dogs. You are always harassing me and tasing me..,” according to San Angelo Live.
Nicholas then shouted about his Constitutional Rights, witnesses told the news outlet.
Neighbors told reporters there are six dogs in the neighborhood “that are vicious that control the neighborhood.”
Residents throughout the small town changed their profile pictures to honor the fallen officers.
2. Nicholas Was Arrested & Jailed on a $4 Million Bond, the Tom Green County Jail Roster Shows
BREAKING UPDATE: Two Concho County Sheriff's Deputies were killed and a City of Eden employee was injured while responding to a 'dog complaint.'
— AJ Gersh | KTXS (@AJGershTV) May 11, 2021
Nicholas, 28, was arrested by Texas Rangers and booked into the Tom Green County Jail at 5:38 a.m. Tuesday, May 11, 2021, according to the county’s jail roster. He faces two counts of capital murder of a peace officer. Nicholas’ bail is set at $4 million. His bail is set at $2 million for each count of capital murder.
Here is his booking information:
Texas Rangers are leading the investigation. Officials said in their statement additional information would be released throughout the course of their investigation.
3. Officials Said Nicholas Barricaded Himself in His Eden City Home After a Brief Pursuit
The bodies of two Concho County sheriff’s deputies were brought to Lubbock Tuesday morning for an autopsy.
The Lubbock Police Department said in a statement it was “heartbroken” to learn of the deaths. Officers escorted the deputies’ bodies to South Plains Forensic Pathology https://t.co/0QSh1JlTfV pic.twitter.com/ogTvBeMaqw
— Camelia Juarez (@CameliaJuarez) May 11, 2021
Concho Valley Homepage reported Nicholas was involved in a brief pursuit before he barricaded himself in a house, and later allegedly opened fire. Officials were called to the 100 block of Bryan Street for a dog complaint, they said in a statement.
KHAN reported the injured Eden City employee is being treated at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo. KXTS reported that person was shot in the stomach. The names of the victims have not been released.
#BREAKING The 2 Eden,TX Deputies that were killed and a city worker that was wounded Monday night were responding to a “dog complaint” that turned deadly. 28 year old Jeffrey Nicholas is in custody. @TND @AJGershTV pic.twitter.com/dx7qJYM9jZ
— Joshua Crompton (The National Desk) (@PhillyNewsGuy) May 11, 2021
Officials did not mention the brief police pursuit or barricade situation in their initial statement. KXAN reported the shooting occurred very close to Eden High School. Eden is about 160 miles from Austin and about 210 miles southwest of Dallas. It has a population of about 1,300 people.
4. The Bodies of the Fallen Deputies Were Escorted in a Procession & Fellow Police Officers Mourned The Loss
Video: A procession arrived in Lubbock Tuesday morning with the bodies of two Concho County Sheriff's deputies who were killed in the line of duty Monday night in Eden. An autopsy on both deputies will be performed here in Lubbock. pic.twitter.com/uDN39zj3ZT
— KLBK News (@KLBKNews) May 11, 2021
Fellow police officers mourned the loss of the two fallen Concho County sheriff’s deputies, writing condolences on their social media pages. You can watch a video of the full procession here.
“We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Concho County Sherriff Department on the loss of two of their deputies in the line of duty Monday evening,” the Lubbock Police Department wrote on Twitter.
We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Concho County Sherriff Department on the loss of two of their deputies in the line of duty Monday evening.
— Lubbock Police Dept. (@LubbockPolice) May 11, 2021
Lubbock Police Department organized a procession to escort the bodies of the officers. Video of the procession showed a long line of emergency vehicles escorting the bodies.
“The Lubbock Police Department is heartbroken at the loss of two Concho County Sheriff’s Deputies who were killed in the line of duty Monday evening,” they wrote.
Lubbock Police shared details of the route, and asked the public to “lift up the families, both blood and blue, of these two heroes.”
“When a police officer is killed, it’s not an agency that loses an officer, it’s an entire nation,” Officer Down Memorial Page Founder Chris Cosgriff wrote on the website.
The Officer Down Memorial Page said there have been 124 officers killed in the line of duty in 2021.